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Cooperstown’s Voters Line Up To Cast Ballots

Cooperstown’s Voters

Line Up To Cast Ballots

At few minutes ago, Cooperstown’s Christine and Randy Roberts led the line of voters waiting to cast  ballots for Mary-Margaret Robbins or MacGuire Benton in today’s Village Board special election.  Whether the line resulted from high turnout, the lunch-hour crowd, or social distancing inside the fire hall, or all three, was unclear.  The rain is expected to continue through the day.  Polls close at 9 p.m.


Voters Seek To Break Tie For Village Trustee


Voters Seek To Break

Tie For Village Trustee

COOPERSTOWN – Polls will be open noon-9 p.m. today at the fire hall on Chestnut Street to resolve a nailbiter.

Village of Cooperstown voters will vote to break a 272-272 tie between incumbent Democrat MacGuire Benton and challenger Mary-Margaret Robbins, a Republican.

After the Tuesday, Sept. 15, village election, delayed from Wednesday, March 18, due to the coronavirus, Benton and Robbins opted for a runoff election instead of a coin-toss to resolve the race.

Check back after 9 this evening for results. Meanwhile, here are questionnaires the two candidates completed outlining their  view of the issues and plans if elected.




Governor Appoints Consultant Casale To Elections Board

Casale Appointed

To Elections Board

Former Assemblyman Served

As NY Liquor Board Chairman

By JIM KEVLIN • Special to

Tony Casale

COOPERSTOWN – At a time of heightened concern about voting and related procedures, Cooperstown’s Tony Casale, the former state Assemblyman, has been appointed to the vacancy on the four-member state Board of Elections.

Governor Cuomo made the appointment yesterday on the recommendation of state Republican Chairman Nick Langworthy.

The board has two co-chairs, recommended to the governor by the legislative leaders; the other two are recommended by the state party chairs.  The board must consist of two Republicans and two Democrats.

No Cooperstown Halloween Parade, ‘Safety’ Encouraged In Trick-Or-Treating

Trustee Calls Tradition ‘Frivolous’ 

No Halloween Parade,

Trick-or-Treat ‘Safely’

COOPERSTOWN – With the COVID-19 pandemic still a threat, it’s all tricks, minimal treats this Halloween.

The Cooperstown Chamber has indicated to the Village Board during their meeting this evening that they would not be hosting a Halloween parade, citing COVID-19 concerns.

“I did speak to Tara (Burke) and she said the chamber would not be seeking a permit request for the parade,” said Mayor Ellen Tillapaugh. “But many businesses are going to continue giving out candy, as they have for the last decade.”

HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO: ‘Albrecht Dürer: Master Prints’ Exhibit Virtual Tour With Curator 09-29-20

‘Albrecht Dürer: Master Prints’

Exhibit Virtual Tour With Curator


VIRTUAL TOUR – 2 p.m. Zoom meeting featuring walk through of exhibit ‘Albrecht Dürer: Master Prints’ with Assistant Curator of American Art Ann Cannon featuring in-depth discussion and Q&A session. Free, registration required. Suggested donation $5. Fenimore Art Museum, Cooperstown. 607-547-1400 or visit

15 Cases of COVID Spike Over Weekend

15 Cases of COVID

Spike Over Weekend

CDC image of coronavurus

COOPERSTOWN – Nine SUNY Oneonta students, one Hartwick College student and five county residents have tested positive for COVID in the past four days, according to a press release from Heidi Bond, public health director, Otsego County Department of Health.

Of the nine SUNY students, she said, five of those are new infections, with the other four students having already recovered, but had not been reported as being positive to the health department until now.

‘Mohawk Valley 9’ Backs Remington Plant’s Buyer

‘Mohawk Valley 9’ Backs

Remington Plant’s Buyer

Gun-Making Factory To Be Auctioned

Remington’s plant in Ilion is about to be auctioned off, raising the threat of lost jobs in northern Otsego County and the region.

ILION – The Mohawk Valley Nine, a bipartisan coalition of state legislators representing Otsego, Herkimer, Madison, and Oneida counties, today pledged their support to Remington Arms’ employees at the plant here that’s about to be auctioned off.

“We stand ready to work with the new owners,” the legislators said in a statement, “and will be reaching out to them immediately, to ensure the company will flourish and expand.  Remington is more than an economic driver, it is a way of life in our region and the company’s future success is vital to everyone in the Mohawk Valley.”

Local members include state Sen. Jim Seward, R-Milford, and Assemblymen John Salka, R-Brookfield, and Brian Miller, R-New Hartford, who represent all or part of Otsego  County.  The plant employs many in-county employees, particularly in the Richfield Springs area.

Yvonne Chandler-Colby, 54; Dies After Extended Struggle With Illnesses

IN MEMORIAM:  Yvonne Chandler-Colby, 54;

Dies After Extended Struggle With Illnesses

Yvonne Chandler-Colby

FLY CREEK – Yvonne Megan Chandler-Colby, 54, of Fly Creek, died Sept. 25, 2020, at Berkshire Medical Center in Pittsfield, Mass., after an extended struggle against cancer and heart failure, while being transported via ambulance to Brigham & Women’s Hospital in Boston.

Born Yvonne Megan Chandler on Feb. 2, 1966, at Bassett Hospital, she was a daughter of George Henry and Nancy (Hunt) Chandler and was baptized Episcopal at Christ Church in Cooperstown. Raised in Fly Creek, she graduated from Cooperstown Central School, Class of 1984. She married Dean Robert Colby August 31, 1991, in Fly Creek.

Again, Foothills Parking Lot Turns Into Drive-In Cinema

Again, Foothills Parking Lot

Turns Into Drive-In Cinema

Cloud Odyssey staff members Brian Burger, left, and Kaler Carpenter fire up the projector for the return free drive-in movies at 8 p.m. Saturdays in the Foothills Performing Arts Center parking lot. This weekend’s movie was “Labyrinth,” the 1986 Jim Henson movie starring David Bowie and Jennifer Connelly.  Drinks and snacks were available, and you could make your own s’mores.  The screenings will continue into the fall.  (Ian Austin/
Scoop! Ice Cream Returns To Oneonta’s East End

Scoop! Ice Cream Returns

To Oneonta’s East End

Tyler, Jayden and Nathan Zakala prepare scoops for customer’s at the newly opened Adaline Ice Cream in Oneonta’s east end. The parlor, which is housed in the former location of Ed Hughs’ gas station, held a soft opening on Saturday, while crowds on Sunday were steady, with many people seen enjoying their desserts on the outdoor seating. Make sure to stop in and try some of their many flavors, all churned on site! (Ian Austin/
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO: Paddle With OCCA On Butternut Creek 09-27-20

Paddle On Butternut Creek


FUN PADDLE – 1 – 4 p.m. Take in the sights, sounds on beautiful creek, learn about plants, animals, history of this diverse region with Otsego County Conservation Association. Bring your own (cleaned, drained, & treated) canoe or kayak or reserve one of OCCA’s. Bring water, a snack, & sunscreen. Free, registration required. Butternut Creek. 607-547-4488 or visit

HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO: Golfing Weekend For Susquehanna SPCA 09-26-20

Golfing Weekend For SPCA


PAR FOR PAWS – Come play to benefit homeless, abandoned animals. Golf tournament has been reconfigured this year due to Covid-19. Come play all weekend, just mention that you are playing to support the Susquehana SPCA. Admission, $40/person. Otsego Golf Club, 144 Pro Shop Dr., Springfield Center. 607-547-9290 or visit

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