News of Otsego County


Cruise-In Car Show
at Pathfinder Village


CAR SHOW – 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. Enjoy a cruise-in car show featuring muscle cars, restored classics, and street rods. Show will include an award for the Best In Show as well as a Name The Flavor contest for a new ice cream flavor. Pathfinder Village, 3 Chenango Rd., Edmeston. 607-965-8377 or visit

In Memoriam: Tory Redjives

In Memoriam

Tory Redjives

COOPERSTOWN – Tory Redjives of Cooperstown passed away on Saturday, August 6, 2022.

A graduate of Richfield Springs High School and The College of Saint Rose, she was an avid reader and an excellent cook. Born Mary Victoria Redjives, she was the daughter of John and Ruth Redjives of Richfield Springs. They preceded her in death.

Bob Graham of Cooperstown, her long-time partner, survives her.  In her memory, donations may be made to the Village Library of Cooperstown.

In Memoriam Robert C. Lander, 95 October 5, 1926 – August 6, 2022

In Memoriam

Robert C. Lander, 95

October 5, 1926 – August 6, 2022

Robert C. Lander

MORRIS – Robert Charles Lander, 95, of Wallkill and Morris NY passed away Saturday August 6, 2022 surrounded by his loving family.  Robert was born on October 5, 1926 in Elizabeth, NJ to Ralph George Lander and Rosalind (Sharetts) Lander.  Bob was married in 1948 to Margaret Mary (Miehls) Lander for 58 years. 

Bob served in the United States Navy from 1944 to 1946 during the Second World War.  He attended Pace College on the GI Bill.  He worked as a systems programmer for American Tobacco Co. from 1946 until his retirement in 1986 totaling 40 years.  Bob was a lover of animals, cigars, martinis and an avid golfer. He will be dearly missed by all that knew him. 

News from the Noteworthy: Oneonta Mayor Path to Success
News from the Noteworthy

Oneonta Mayor Path to Success

In these first 7-months on the job, I’ve been occasionally reminded that not everyone shares my optimism for Oneonta’s future. Nor do they see value in keeping eyes fixed on the road ahead and not trained on past grudges or scores to settle.

However, I believe that by embracing the positive and identifying the possible, we put ourselves on our best path to success.

As Mayor, it’s my duty to present a cogent argument for optimism and to champion the benefits of respectful collaboration.

Sternberg: Monkeypox Outbreak Worldwide
Column by Richard Sternberg

Monkeypox Outbreak Worldwide

As of today, there been more than 5,200 cases of monkeypox confirmed in the United States. Over 1,300 of those cases have been in New York State, the majority of these in the New York City area. The monkeypox outbreak worldwide continues to increase, and last week the World Health Organization declared it a public health emergency of international concern. There needs to be an internationaly coordinated response to try to control this viral disease.

In order to prevent the disease from spreading further, there needs to be more testing, access to vaccines, and treatments along with other public health efforts. Unfortunately, much of this is not in place, and messaging to the public is not always been clear. The coordination, for what it’s worth, seen in the fight against monkeypox, is nowhere near that as seen in the global fight against COVID. Information about who was at risk and access to care is not always been clear. It is difficult to find testing. Vaccine distribution is irregular. Other treatment options are unclear.

Life Sketches by Terry Berkson: Thor Dackin, A portrait
Life Sketches by Terry Berkson

Thor Dackin, A portrait

Thor Dackin, center

The current attack on Ukraine reminds me of Russia’s invasion of Hungary back in 1956 and an army buddy who had been a product of the Hungarian Revolution. His name was Thor Dackin. His family upon fleeing Hungary and entering America, settled in Philadelphia. The first time I saw him was in June of ‘65 on the troop train that was carrying us and several hundred other guys down to Fort Gordon, Georgia for basic training. He was sporting a wild black head of hair that hung down to his shoulders. I remember thinking, ‘This guy’s looking for trouble. Wait till a drill sergeant eyeballs him.’


Artists Paint at Brookwood Point


PAINT THE POINT – 7 a.m. – Noon. The public is invited to walk the gardens and view artists at work as they paint Brookwood Point. Resulting pieces will be on sale with the Cooperstown Art Association. Brookwood Point, 6000 St. Rte. 80, Cooperstown. 607-547-2366 or visit

OTSEGO COUNTY FAIR – 10 a.m. – 9 p.m. Come enjoy music, rides, food, exhibits, and much more at the Otsego County Fair. Otsego County Fair Grounds, 469 Mill St., Morris. 607-263-5289 or visit

A Lot to Learn Here at Hartwick

A Lot to Learn Here at Hartwick

“I’m very excited to be here and in this new capacity. We are still moving in and getting a used to everything here. I understand we will need to make some changes but we are ready!” said Darren Reisberg, newly appointed 11th president of Hartwick College.

“We were in Chicago for 22 years, so it’s great to be back on the east coast. My family is from New Jersey so they are happy and appreciate we are back too!”

Mr. Reisberg has an impressive resumé. He’s been a vice president for Strategic Initiatives and Deputy Provost at The University of Chicago, He was also an executive director at The University of Chicago Institute of Politics.

Editorial: We’re Hiring


We’re Hiring

Since 2004 the U.S. has lost 2,100 newspapers, of which 2,000 were weeklies, closing at a rate of two per week. Many of the survivors have had to cut their staff and circulation. More than 200 of the 3,143 counties in the country have no local newspaper, with no reporters telling their stories and keeping an eye on the issues most critical to their local democracy and quality of life. There are no advertisers to offer their goods and services for sale, there is no newspaper of record, printing all the legal and tax notices, and there is no repository of community knowledge — births, deaths, op-eds, columns and letters to the editor.

Letter from Kimber Home: Supreme Court Limit?
Letter from Kimber Home

Supreme Court Limit?

Nowhere in the Constitution does it say that we have to have 9 Supreme Court Justices. Nor would it require a Constitutional amendment to add more seats. In fact, Congress has expanded the Supreme Court five times throughout American history.


Novel Program To Learn
About History At Hyde Hall


DRAG SHOW – 7:30 p.m. Hyde Hall presents local drag artists guiding visitors through time to learn about the origins of the estate and the history of the area. Event includes signature cocktails, live music, dancing, and fun. Tickets, $30 general admission. Hyde Hall, 267 Glimmerglass State Park., Cooperstown. 607-547-5098 or visit

OTSEGO COUNTY FAIR – 10 a.m. – 9 p.m. Come enjoy music, rides, food, exhibits, and much more at the Otsego County Fair. Otsego County Fair Grounds, 469 Mill St., Morris. 607-263-5289 or visit

Otsego Area Rowing Runs Junior Training Camp

Otsego Area Rowing Runs
Junior Training Camp

by Ed Ryan and Lang Keith
James Foutch and Lily Van Essendelft after completing rowing lessons on Lake Otsego

Maybe you’ve seen the rowing shells on our lake in the early morning “Glimmerglass” hours, or maybe you’ve been intrigued by John Kruzinkski rowing a racing shell in the opening credits of the Jack Ryan series. Regardless, how does anyone learn to row a very skinny boat, let alone steer it when facing backwards?

This past month, our rowing club, Otsego Area Rowing (OAR), based out of Brookwood Point, hosted two rowing camps for novice junior rowers, ages 8 to 15, and successfully taught 18 brave young souls the art of rowing. The young rowers came from schools around the region. The coaches were all experienced rowers, including one former U.S. Olympic rower, Andrea Theis, and Whitney Macdonald, as well as Laura Kilty, Joe Novitski, Ed Ryan and Lang Keith. During the second week coaching was augmented with graduates of OAR’s previous camps: Iz Dudek, Creighton Williams and Charlotte Feury.

MacGuire Benton Backing Cheney for Congress

MacGuire Benton Backing 
Cheney for Congress

MacGuire Benton, former Otsego County Young Democrats president and Village of Cooperstown trustee, has endorsed NY-19 Candidate Jamie Cheney for Congress. Ms. Cheney is a business owner, wife, mother of three boys and the daughter of a veteran.

A graduate of Yale University and Harvard Business School, she runs Prokanga, a recruiting and consulting firm focused on creating flexible roles for working parents, manages the family cattle operation alongside her husband, and is active in the development of youth agriculture in New York State.

According to Mr. Benton, young voters are looking for a representative who is ready to take on the big fights facing the district today and for the years to come. “Jamie is that fighter,” he said. 

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