STORY TIME – 10:30 a.m. Join beloved childrens book author Jan Brett for reading of her latest book ‘Cozy,’ a New York Times Best Seller. She will present a behind the scenes of the making of the book and answer fan questions. Cost, $10/non-member. Presented online by The Fenimore Art Museum. 607-547-1400 or visit www.fenimoreartmuseum.org
COOPERSTOWN – Tim Mead, President of the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, has announced that he will be resigning, effective around mid-May.
Mead, who said his whole career has been motivated by “love of baseball,” had been commuting back and forth to his family in California. “Try as I might, even with the unwavering support of my family, these last 22 months have been challenging in maintaining my responsibilities to them.”
Jane Forbes Clark, Hall of Fame chairman, accepted Mead’s resignation with regret.
RICHFIELD SPRINGS – Robert “Bob” James Hazelton, 83, an Air Force veteran, local history enthusiast and electronics technician who also operated a Hazetronics, a metal-detector business, passed away Saturday, April 3, 2021.
Born on Hotel Street in Richfield Springs, Bob’s journey began April 10, 1938. Romans and Psalms provided that needed assurance to take his last steps from the home he built for his family beside the Ocquionis Creek on River Street.
WRITERS SALON – 7:30 p.m. Open mic followed by presentation by author April Ford whose debut novel ‘Carousel’ won an award in the category of LGBTQ+ fiction for the International Book Awards. Free, open to public. Presented by Community Arts Network of Oneonta. 607-432-2070 or visit www.canoneonta.org/event/writers-salon-april-ford/?instance_id=1195
COOPERSTOWN – Robert Patrick (Robbie) Mulligan, age 62, in the comfort of his own home, with his daughter Jordan by his side, went peacefully into the arms of our Lord on Saturday, March 27, 2021, succumbing to a courageous battle with cancer.
Robbie, a Cooperstown Native Son, was born on Feb. 27, 1959, in Cooperstown. He is the youngest son of the late Robert J. Mulligan and Mary Faith (St. John) Mulligan. He is a graduate of the Class of 1977 from Cooperstown Central High School, where he was an all-around athlete, playing all three seasons, baseball, basketball and football. Robbie continued his education at Clarkson University, graduating with a Bachelor of Engineering degree with a minor in Psychology.
COOPERSTOWN – Bobby Walker, Cooperstown Central School, ’16, stepped aside over the weekend as chairman of the New York State College Republicans. He is completing his degree at SUNY Albany and plans to continue fulltime with the state GOP Committee’s Communications Department, where he is currently digital director.
Walker has been succeeded by Augustus LeRoux, a Syracuse University sophomore, Walker’s chief of staff at the NYFCR. Daniel Koerner of SUNY Cobleskill become vice chairman.
COOPERSTOWN – Eyewitness accounts of last Tuesday’s fatal shooting by a police officer on River Street “have not been accurate,” District Attorney John Muehl said this morning.
“I’ve seen the video,” said Muehl, referring to the body cam worn by Sgt. Ralph Pajerski, who twice shot Tyler Green, 23, of 48 River St., on responding to a domestic disturbance. Green, also known as Tyler Johnson, later died.
PLAY READING – 2 p.m. Enjoy virtual performance of 2 new one-act plays by the Cooperstown Playwrights. ‘The Glass Eye of Jimmy Cooper’ by Fred Schneider & ‘Dragon Fly’ by Terrance Dwyer. Part of the NEXT! Emerging Playwright series. Presented by The Fenimore Art Museum. 607-547-1400 or visit www.fenimoreartmuseum.org
HISTORY PROGRAM – 7 p.m. “History Preserved in Quilts” with Aernecke Aitchison. Free webinar, pre-registration required. Presented by Sharon Historical Society. Call 518-860-5513 or visit www.sharonhistoricalsocietyny.org to register.
COOPERSTOWN – Cooperstown Dreams Park’s announcement that it will require players 12 and over at the youth baseball park this summer to have COVID-19 vaccinations is already causing consternation among parents.
So far, some states will not provide vaccines to students under 16 until further testing is done, according to Jodi Plimpton-Werstein of Lee County, Fla., which puts parents in a bind.
“Should a vaccine become available (for 12-15 year olds) in the near future,” said Plimpton-Werstein in a letter to the editor, “they are now putting parents in a position to decide between breaking their child’s heart by denying them a lifelong dream of playing at Cooperstown, or give them a vaccine that is still in its infancy, with no real data regarding long term effects or efficacy.”
Here is the text of Dreams Park’s statement, released today: