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HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO: Hall Of Fame Curator Spotlight 04-13-21
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for TUESDAY, APRIL 13

Hall Of Fame Curator Spotlight

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CURATOR SPOTLIGHT – 2 p.m. Celebrate the 2020 World Series champions through the Autumn Glory exhibit (celebrating Cooperstown in the post season). Learn how the museum acquired artifacts to tell the story of the World Series in a season unlike any other. Free, registration required. Presented by The Baseball Hall of Fame. 607-547-7200 or visit baseballhall.org/events/virtual-curator-spotlight-autumn-glory-dodgers?date=0

Bobby Walker Succeeded At College Republican Helm

CCS GRAD LED STATEWIDE ORGANIZATION

Bobby Walker Succeeded

At College Republican Helm

In Washington for President Trump’s 2017 nomination, Bobby Walker, then a SUNY Albany freshman, recognized the Commerce Secretary Steven Mnuchin, then little known, and snapped a selfie.

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.

HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO: Garden Workshop With ‘The Queen Of Beans’ 04-14-21
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for WEDNESDAY, APRIL 14

Garden Workshop

With ‘The Queen Of Beans’

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LUNCH & LEARN – Noon. Learn all bout growing beans with our local ‘Queen of Beans’ master gardener Fiona Dejardin. Learn the process of growing, harvesting a wide variety of beans and the challenges that come with them. Presented by the Cornell Cooperative Extension. 607-547-2536 ext. 228 or visit cceschoharie-otsego.org/events/2021/04/14/-beans-beans-beans-growing-a-variety-of-different-beans-in-upstate-new-york

Let’s Not Jump To Conclusions D.A. Muehl Says

Let’s Not Jump

To Conclusions

D.A. Muehl Says

Be Cautious, Prosecutor Cautions:

Eyewitness Accounts ‘Inaccurate’

By JIM KEVLIN • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com

D.A. Muehl

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.

HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO: Final Play Reading In 2021 NEXT! Emerging Playwright Series 04-11-21
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SUNDAY, APRIL 11

Final NEXT! Reading Today

In Emerging Playwright Series

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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

Dreams Park Requires Vaccinating 12-Year-Olds, Upsetting Some Parents

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Dreams Park Requires

Vaccinating 12-Year-Olds,

Upsetting Some Parents

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:

Laurie Zimniewicz Among 3 New Bassett Directors

Laurie Zimniewicz Among

3 New Bassett Directors

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COOPERSTOWN – Laurie Zimniewicz of Oneonta, current Fox Hospital board chairman, was one of three new members of the Bassett Health Network Board of Directors announced today.

Also appointed are:

• Anil Rustgi, MD, director of the Herbert Irving Comprehensive Cancer Center at New York-Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Irving Medical Center and dean health sciences and medicine at Columvia.

• Carl Mummenthey, superintendent of schools for the Cobleskill-Richmondville Central School District since 2014.

HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO: Cook-A-Long With Cornell Extension 04-08-21
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for THURSDAY, APRIL 8

Cook-A-Long With Cornell Extension

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COOK-A-LONG – 4:30 p.m. Join nutrition educator Kimberly for fun lesson on the ‘why’ & ‘how’ of eating healthy. Includes time for a cook-a-long dish. Free, registration required. Presented by Cornell Cooperative Extension. 518-234-4303 ext. 120 or visit cceschoharie-otsego.org/events/2021/04/08/whats-for-dinner

Officer In Shooting 18-Year OPD Veteran

Officer In Shooting

18-Year OPD Veteran

Troopers Release Sgt. Pajerski’s Name

ONEONTA – A few minutes ago, state police at Sidney identified the Oneonta police office the officer who “fired his duty weapon, striking the subject” as Sgt. Ralph Pajerski, an 18-year veteran of the department.

The state police press release also said the man who was shot twice in the chest was Tyler R. Green, 23; he has been identified in press reports as Tyler Johnson.  He later died en route to Albany Medical Center by Medevac.

‘Red Door’ Church Tower Under Repair After 5 Years

‘Red Door’ Church Tower

Under Repair After 5 Years

Andy Turner, foreground, and Mike Ansbro from of Lupini Construction, Utica, began Tuesday to remove the protective covering on the bell tower of the Red Door Church, at Walling Avenue and Main Street, Oneonta.  Due to deterioration, and cover been in place since October 2016.  “First United Presbyterian Church is grateful to everyone who contributed to their Tower Restoration Capital Campaign this past fall to enable them to move forward with the project,” Rev. Cynthia Walton Leavitt wrote on the church’s Facebook page.  (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)
Mayor Will Brief Public On Shooting In 7 p.m. Statement

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Mayor Will Brief

Public On Shooting

In 7 p.m. Statement

By JIM KEVLIN • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com

Oneonta Mayor Herzig

ONEONTA – Mayor Gary Herzig plans to brief the public on today’s shooting when Common Council convenes at 7 p.m. today.

Then he’ll issue a press release describing what happened at 1:30 p.m. on River Street, when it appears a police officer shot a knife-wielding man in the chest, perhaps twice.

“I’m still gathering information,” he said a few minutes ago, adding that he believed the man who was shot was still alive.

While declining to release too many details, Herzig did say the wounded man is white, and was medevacked from the city by helicopter, but he didn’t know to where.

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