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Serving Otsego County, NY, through the combined reporting of Cooperstown's Freeman's Journal and the Hometown Oneonta newspapers.

After COVID Scare, Downtown Dining Returns

After COVID-19 Scare,

Downtown Events Return

John Dudek and his wife, Andrea Thies enjoy drinks with friends Marilyn and Larry Nienart outside of Roots Brewing Co. during the return of Saturday’s “Survive, Then Thrive” event on Main Street. The weekly event, which closed off Main Street for socially-distant dining and shopping, was postponed following the COVID-19 outbreak at SUNY Oneonta. Next week marks the final event for the season. (Ian Austin/
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO: Sunday Farmers’ Markets 09-20-20

Sunday Farmers’ Markets


FARMER’S MARKET – 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Stop by for crafts & produce by local farmers and artisans. 3909 St. Hwy. 28, Curry Park, Milford. 607-287-2460 or visit

FARMER’S MARKET – 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Come out for farm fresh produce, crafts by local artisans for sale in the fresh air & sunshine. For your, others safetyt, please obey all guidelines during the Covid-19 pandemic. Franklin Farmer’s Market, 15 Institute St., Franklin. 615-592-1337 or visit

Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Toast Of Glimmerglass, Dies At Home At Age 87


Ruth Bader Ginsburg,

Toast Of Glimmerglass,

Dies At Home At Age 87

For Decade, Legend Spoke Annually In Cooperstown
Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg shared personal insights and thoughts about the intersection of justice and opera to a full house of fans July 26, 2019, during the last of her annual appearances at the Glimmerglass Festival.  She died today of pancreatic cancer at her home in Washington, D.C. (Karli Cadel/The Glimmerglass Festival)
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO: Art Exhibit Opening Reception 09-19-20

Art Exhibit Opening Reception


OPENING RECEPTION – 5 – 8 p.m. Celebrate exhibit opening featuring Eileen Crowell’s ‘Plant Portraits,’ Ruben and Damian Salinas’s ‘The Spirit of Gesture,’ and Pooh Kaye. Free, open to public, masks required. Displayed through 9/27, by appointment only. Community Arts Network of Oneonta, Wilber Mansion, 11 Ford Ave., Oneonta. 607-432-2070 or visit

Mike Fulton, 65; Wed Cooperstown’s Karine Rich

IN MEMORIAM:  Mike Fulton, 65;

Wed Cooperstown’s Karine Rich

Michael A. Fulton

COOPERSTOWN – Michael A. “Mike” Fulton passed away peacefully on Sept. 8, 2020.  His wife, Karine Rich, was by his side at their home in Fort Pierce, Fla.

Mike was born July 12, 1955, in Watertown, to Barbara Ritchie and Robert Fulton. Mike was dedicated husband, father, grandfather, uncle, and friend to so many people. He started his work as a young boy delivering newspapers. As he grew in his teenage years he became an accomplished keyboard player in the rock and Roll band “Warlord.” He also worked in the Wellesley Island Duty Free Shop on the U.S.-Canadian border. He met and eventually married Linda Loveland in 1976. They had two boys; Christopher, and Alexander.

League Of Women Voters Plans 4 Registration Events

League Of Women Voters

Plans 4 Registration Events

COOPERSTOWN – The League of Women Voters of the Cooperstown Area (LWVCA) is offering several voter registration events between now and Oct. 9, which is the last day to register to vote in the Nov. 3 presidential election.

• Saturday, Sept. 19, noon-7 p.m. at Hartwick Fire House #2, at 4877 Route 28, Hartwick Seminar.

• Tuesday, Sept. 22, noon-6 p.m., at two sites: Freight Wheel Café & Community Workspace, 3097 Route 11, Hartwick hamlet; and in front of Aubuchon Hardware, 129 West Main St., Richfield Springs.

• Saturday, at two sites: Cooperstown Farmers’ Market, 9 a.m.-2 p.m.; and at Hartwick Fire House #2 at 4877 Route 28, Hartwick Seminary, noon to 7 pm.

LeCates Promoted To Colonel In NYS Army National Guard

LeCates Promoted To Colonel

In NYS Army National Guard

State Army National Guard Surgeon Bill LeCates received his promotion to colonel from wife Debbie this morning in Lathan. (National Guard photo)

COOPERSTOWN – Dr. William LeCates, Cooperstown, president of Bassett Hospital, was promoted to colonel in the state’s Army National Guard during a ceremony this morning at the National Guard headquarters in Latham.

LeCates, who joined the New York Army National Guard in 2009, currently serves as the National Guard state surgeon, in addition to his duties as president of Bassett Hospital. As state surgeon, he is chief medical adviser to state Adjutant Gen. Ray Shields.

Oneonta Police: Two Arrested For Stealing From Cars


Homeless Man Arrested

For 4th Time Since July 31

Chief: Drug Abuse At Root; No Help Available

ONEONTA – Oneonta Police report arresting a second homeless man for stealing items from unlocked cars over the past week, and it’s the fourth time the suspect was arrested  two months.

Keegan Allen, 22, homeless, was arrested following a report that someone had been rifling through cars on Hudson Street. Allen was located near the scene and admitted to going into cars and taking items, police said.

According to Oneonta Police Chief Doug Brenner, Allen also was arrested on July 31 for criminal possession of a controlled substance, on Aug. 12 for taking items from a vehicle, and on Aug. 20 for shoplifting, and was issued an appearance ticket for each.

“It’s sad,” said Brenner. “The base problem is substance abuse, and we can’t get him the help he needs.”

New Infections Low, But COVID Still Here

New Infections Low,

But COVID Still Here

CDC image of coronavurus

COOPERSTOWN – The county Health Department today reported five new COVID-19 cases, three related to SUNY Oneonta and two county residents.

While the figures show single-digit infections, they also show COVID remains among us.  County Public Health Director Heidi Bond reflected that in her exhortation, “Stay home and save lives!”

SUNY Oneonta reported one new case, but that may reflect “fluctuations” in reporting times.  Hartwick College reported no new cases.

Frank E. Mullet, 99, Edmeston; 18-Year School Superintendent


Frank E. Mullet, 99, Edmeston;

18-Year School Superintendent

Francis E. Mullet

ONEONTA – Frank Emerson Mullet, loving husband and father, and retired 18-year superintendent at Edmeston Central School, passed away peacefully on Sept. 14, 2020, at the age of 99.

Raised in Spencer, Mass., he received a sports scholarship to catch for the Bates College baseball team in Lewiston, Maine, where he majored in physics. During college, Frank traveled to California and worked at Lockheed Aircraft in Burbank.

After World War II began, he enlisted in the Navy, where he served as a signalman on destroyers protecting convoys traveling to and from Europe and North Africa. He received several medals and an honorable discharge in 1945.

HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO: Delicious Fall Benefit Dinners 09-18-20

Delicious Fall Benefit Dinners


CHICKEN DINNER – 4:30 – 6:30 p.m. Enjoy take-out for Brooks Chicken dinner for $12/dinner, with $1 processing fee. Pre-orders strongly encouraged by 9/10. Support local church. First Baptist Church of Cooperstown, 21 Elm St., Cooperstown. 607-547-9371 or visit

FALL PORK DINNER – 5 p.m. Make a donation and enjoy a Roast Pork Dinner this fall. Reservations required, limited to 100 dinners. No reservation day of. Take Out Only. Middlefield Baptist Church, 121 Rezen Rd., Middlefield. 607-547-9093.

Laurens Superintendent To Fill Interim Position At Cooperstown Central


Laurens Superintendent

To Fill Interim Position

At Cooperstown Central

Romona Wenck Begins Duties On Oct. 1

By JIM KEVLIN • Special to


COOPERSTOWN – Bill Crankshaw will be leaving Cooperstown’s school superintendent post Sept. 30.  On Oct. 1, he will be succeeded as interim super by Romona N. Wenck, who retired last summer from Laurens Central as the longest-serving superintendent in Otsego County.

“We’re very fortunate to have her,” said CCS board President Tim Hayes a few minutes ago.

Meeting last evening, the CCS school board amended Crankshaw’s contract to allow him to leave at the end of the month to assume his new duties at the Greater Johnston School District in Montgomery County, where he will administer a system where he once studied.

Two Years After Bones Found, Wife Arrested In Laurens Man’s Murder

2 Years After Bones Found,

Wife Arrested, Charged

In Laurens Man’s Murder

LAURENS – The wife of a Laurens man reported missing two years ago was arrested on murder charges this morning, following two years of investigations after his remains were discovered in the backyard of their home in Clermont, Fla.

Laurie Leigh Shaver was charged with second-degree Homicide (domestic violence) and Accessory After the Fact to second-degree Homicide in connection with the death of her husband, Michael Shaver, who hadn’t been heard from by friends or family since late 2015.

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