After a year of research and development, followed by months of filming and editing, “A Roadhouse Coup,” the film, has begun making appearances on video on demand platforms.
“It’s been an incredible undertaking and we were fortunate to have so many members of the community take part. It’s rewarding to see everyone’s hard work come to fruition and know that it is now making its way into the streaming market,” Lori Bailey said.
Bailey wrote, directed and produced the film, which depicts the true story of Eva Coo—the local brothel owner convicted in 1935 of killing Harry “Gimpy” Wright on Crumhorn Mountain Road, tried and convicted in Otsego County, then executed by electric chair at Sing Sing Prison in June 1935. Local dignitaries and residents fill the scenes, with notables like Cooperstown Mayor Ellen Tillapaugh, Oneonta Mayor Mark Drnek, Otsego County District Attorney John Muehl, and retired state Senator Jim Seward all in starring roles.
“A Roadhouse Coup” is currently available on Vimeo on Demand. Community members can look forward to seeing it appear on Apple TV and many more outlets in the very near future, Bailey said.
COMMUNITY HIKE—9:45 a.m. The community is invited for a group hike with the Susquehanna Chapter of the Adirondack Mountain Club. Please bring appropriate clothing, gear, enough water to stay hydrated and be aware of your level of fitness. Contact hike leader for more information. This week’s hike will be at the SUNY College Camp, 119 Hoffman Road, Oneonta, with hike leader Peggy Palmer (607) 432-6024 or visit susqadk.org
ONEONTA—Roger A. Boulay, 64, passed away at home with his wife, Amy, by his side on March 25, 2023.
He was born on February 23, 1959 in Heidelberg, Germany, the son of Gilbert and Erna (Prinzl) Boulay.
Roger graduated from Unatego Central School, Class of 1977, and from SUNY Oneonta, Class of 1982. He was proud of his German heritage, and the best-spent year of his life was as a Rotary Club exchange student after high school in Germany.
Roger’s entire working career was in farm equipment, starting in 1975 at his family’s business, Catskill Tractor, which transitioned in 2003 to White’s Farm Supply.
All doctors must occasionally have conversations with their patients about unpleasant things, but I think my field might take the cake. As a gastroenterologist, I have to routinely ask patients for colonoscopies and stool samples to screen for deadly disease. It may seem scary, unpleasant and gross—but I love what I do. I love helping people through routine processes that literally save lives.
March is Colon Cancer Awareness Month. Monitoring your colon’s health to catch any problems early is something we all need to do when we reach a certain age. Despite the bad reputation colonoscopies have, the process is very simple, safe and it really works.
Cooperstown and Otsego County were well represented at this year’s Academy Awards ceremony held on March 12 in Los Angeles. Wine influencer Elle Rodriguez, whose Instagram tag is The Modern Pour, donned a pair of earrings made by Cooperstown resident Karen Katz for the event, and the rest is history.
Katz, owner of Karen Katz Studio, remembers Rodriguez, who attended a trunk show at Kate’s Upstate on Main Street, though she’s not sure exactly when that was.
COLLEGE COMEDY—9-10 p.m. Join Mary Santora for an evening of slightly dark, incredibly quick, observational style comedy drawn from real life experiences. It’s a storytelling driven ride with audience interaction and more. Hunt Union Waterfront, SUNY Oneonta. (607) 436-3012 or visit connect.oneonta.edu/organization/activities
BLOOD DRIVE—1-6 p.m. Save up to three lives with the American Red Cross. Clark Sports Center, 124 County Highway 52, Cooperstown. Register at redcrossblood.org
TAX PREP—6-8 p.m. Get ready for tax season with the IRS Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program. Hartwick college accounting students certified by the IRS, with their professor, will be available to provide one-on-one assistance in preparing individual tax returns. Either in person or online. Held at the Golisago Hall, 2nd Floor, Hartwick College, Oneonta. (607) 431-4338 or visit facebook.com/ofoinc/
“True Friends,” an exhibition of works by Nancy Waller (1918-2017) dedicated to her close friend, Ellen St. John (1925-2023), opened on Friday, March 10 at The Art Garage. The show is intended to help build awareness of, and raise funds for, the new Ellen St. John Peacemaker Award. This award will be given annually to a graduating Cooperstown Central School student who is recognized as a peacemaker by the school community. Funds will be managed by the Friends Fiduciary, a Quaker investment firm. Donations will also be accepted.
St. John’s many friends include Deborah Dickinson, one of the driving forces behind establishing the award. “The hope is to keep her loving, creative spirit alive by investing in young people who show their own capacity for creating possibilities for peaceful solutions to conflict in school and the wider community—and who plan to continue with peacemaking efforts in the future.”
SPRING SWING—2-6 p.m. The community is invited for an afternoon of swing dancing. Start with a beginner West Coast swing lesson with Linda Leverock and then dance the day away. Includes light refreshments and a cash bar for those aged 21+. Admission, $20 at the door. Foothills Performing Arts & Civics Center, Oneonta. (607) 434-9878 or visit foothillspac.org
Alberto Cardelle, PhD, MPH, is the sixth president of SUNY Oneonta. Since taking office in September 2021, he has methodically overseen an assessment of the needs of the region that SUNY Oneonta lives in, and he has reached a conclusion. There are many great things going on in Otsego County, Cardelle said, but most operate in silos that inhibit efficiency, lead to duplication of effort and, most importantly, fail to reach potential. Thus, Dr. Cardelle has created the Regional Innovation Council, a group of some 170 stakeholders countywide that intends to break down silos, enhance dialogue, and facilitate collaboration with the goal of improving life for all residents of Otsego County and beyond.
WOODSTOWN—Michael Matthew LaDuke, 69, of Woodstown, succumbed to cancer on Tuesday morning, March 14, 2023 at home with his loving wife by his side.
Born and raised in Cooperstown, New York on May 19, 1953 to Harry “Dutch” LaDuke, Jr. and Marion “Maisie” Lane LaDuke, he was the youngest of four children.
He was a carpenter by trade and an extremely talented artist. His proudest accomplishment, beside his children, was helping to restore the Cooperstown Inn. For 10 years prior to retirement, he was the maintenance superintendent at Hillcrest Garden Apartments in Woodstown, where he formed many long lasting and meaningful relationships with the residents.
KITTEN FOSTER TRAINING—1 p.m. SuperHeroes Humane Society is seeking volunteers to learn how to foster kittens ahead of the spring kitten season. Learn the ins and outs of kitten care in the Community Room at Southside Mall, Oneonta. (607) 441-3227 or visit facebook.com/superheroeshs
VOLUNTEER—10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Enjoy hiking? Maybe you’ll enjoy maintaining the trails, too. Presented in conjunction with Otsego Outdoors, the Otsego County Conservation Association invites the local community to learn the basic maintenance, rules and regulations of working in a state forest, and get your hands dirty with some practical experience on a section of trail. Registration required. Meeting location to be provided. (607) 547-4488 or visit occainfo.org/calendar/trail-volunteers-training/
A Notice of Public Hearing published in “The Freeman’s Journal” on March 16 advises that at its meeting next Monday, March 27 at 7 p.m., the Cooperstown Board of Trustees will consider implementation of a policy covering the installation, operation and maintenance of stationary cameras in public places, as well as the use of images from those cameras.
A Short History The need for, and desirability of, having cameras permitting the village to permanently record activities on public property is not without controversy. When cameras were first proposed by the board last fall, it was clear some trustees had serious reservations and that the concept needed to be well defined if it was to be implemented. A subcommittee was formed to draft a policy.
In the days following the March 1 Otsego County Board of Representatives’ unanimous vote to send a letter of opposition to Governor Kathy Hochul’s proposed amendment to the state’s Real Property Tax Law 575-b, known as Part N, town boards across the county have begun to act in similar fashion. Following the county board’s vote, Cooperstown-based environmental organization Otsego 2000 mailed a model resolution to all 24 Otsego County town supervisors, asking them to consider joining the opposition.
The response has been swift, and supportive. As of press time, six towns have adopted the resolution, with several more set to act at their monthly meetings.
CONCERT SERIES—7:30 p.m. The Cooperstown Concert Series welcomes Yolanda Bush and the Cool Water Collective to the stage for a powerful and soulful blues performance featuring locals Tim Iverson and Evan Jagels. Tickets, $20/person. Otesaga Hotel, Cooperstown. Visit cooperstownconcertseries.org/yolanda-bush-cool-water-collective/