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First Local Case In Three Weeks Reported Today

First Local Case

In Three Weeks

Reported Today

CDC image of the coronavirus

COOPERSTOWN – The first case of coronavirus in more than three weeks has surfaced in Otsego County, county Public Health Director Heidi Bond reported this afternoon.

All contacts have been notified and are in quarantine, she said.

This case not associated with the Unadilla Livestock Auction; Bond issued an alert Friday afternoon after learning an out-of-county individual who attended without a mask had later come down with COVID-19.

Worst Hit Regions May Reopen Soon, Cuomo Announces


Worst Hit Regions

May Reopen Soon,

Cuomo Announces


ALBANY – On Long Island, the number of coronavirus deaths is continuing to drop and contract tracing is coming online, and if this trend continues Long Island could be ready to open by Wednesday, Governor Cuomo announced today at his daily briefing.

After New York City, Long Island and Westchester County were the hardest his areas in the state.

Andrew M. Blum, 89; Man Of Many Friends


Andrew M. Blum, 89;

Man Of Many Friends

By JIM KEVLIN • Special to

Andy Blum

COOPERSTOWN – A mentor to young people, Andy Blum invited Cooperstown’s Jacob Russell to lunch at The Brook, the exclusive social club on East 54th Street.

Henry Kissinger walked in. “I thought, ‘Wow, Henry Kissinger’,” said Jacob.

The room was filled with Wall Street bigwigs, including Tom Hill, the Blackstone vice chairman.

“They didn’t go up to Kissinger to kiss his ring,” said Russell.  “They went up to Andy to kiss HIS ring.”

NYCON Announced $45K In Mini-Grants

NYCON Announces

$45K In Mini-Grants

Cooperstown Senior Center

Among First-Time Grantees

ONEONTA The New York Council of Nonprofits (NYCON) is pleased to announce the 2020 Otsego County Mini-Grant Program Awards, $45,000 today, for Otsego County nonprofits and their capacity building projects.   The typical grant is $1,000.

Among the new grantees is the new Cooperstown Senior Center.  The grant will allow the organization to formalize its structure as a non-profit, which will allow it to seek further funding from other programs.

$100M Loan Program Created For Women, Minority Businesses


$100M Loan Program

Created For Women,

Minority Businesses

ALBANY – Governor Cuomo today launched the $100 million New York Forward Loan Fund to provide flexible and affordable loans to help small businesses, focusing on minority and women-owned small businesses, that did not receive federal COVID-19 assistance.

The state will take a smart, targeted approach for distributing these loans, focusing on businesses with 20 or fewer employees and less than $3 million in gross revenues. Businesses interested in receiving a loan should visit

Cuomo also announced:

Rotary Donates 1,000 Masks For Use Locally

Rotary Donates 1,000

Masks For Use Locally

Otsego Chamber Handling Distribution

ONEONTA – The Otsego County Chamber of Commerce is the point of contact for businesses and not-for-profits seeking to obtain some of the 1,000 masks made available locally through Binghamton-based Rotary International District 7170, which includes local clubs.

Orders are first-come, first-serve, said chamber President Barbara Ann Heegan, who asked interested parties to contact here at or calling (607) 434-3130.

Stressed By COVID? Bassett Adds Mental Health Hotline

Stressed By COVID?

Bassett Opens New

Mental Health Hotline


COOPERSTOWN – Bassett Healthcare wants everyone to know that they do not have to feel alone if they are feeling stress about the Coronavirus crisis.

The hospital network has now created a hotline for anyone who needs help handling the pressures and concerns of these unusual times.

“Many people, although they may have family members in the area and are staying in touch, still feel isolated and alone,” said Ann Marie Mills, the licensed clinical social worker at Bassett Healthcare Network who is leading the 10 person hotline team. “It is often useful to them to have a non-family member or friend to feel their worries and concerns.”

The hotline, 607-322-0157, is staffed 24/7 and is free of charge.





Mask-Less Out-Of-County Bidder

Has Turned Up With Coronavirus

An out-of-county individual not wearing a mask at the May 16 Unadilla Auction sale has been reported with coronavirus. (Unadilla Auction photo)

UNADILLA – People who attended last Saturday’s sale (May 16) at the Unadilla Livestock Auction may have been exposed to coronavirus and should self-monitor for symptoms through Saturday, May 30, the county Health Department announced this afternoon.

Anyone who was there and is experiencing fever, sore throat, shortness of breath, nausea/vomiting, and sudden loss of the sense of taste or smell should contact their doctor or call the COVID-19 Hotline (607-547-5555) or the health department (607-547-4316)

Robert L. Wood, 82 April 25, 1938-May 19, 2020


Robert L. Wood, 82

April 25, 1938-May 19, 2020

Robert L. Wood

ONEONTA – Robert L. Wood, 82, passed away peacefully at home with his loving family at his side on May 19, 2020.

He was born April 25, 1938, in Oneonta, the son of Jesse G. and Sarah E. (Wade) Wood.

Bob enlisted into the National Guard during high school.  He graduated from Laurens Central School proudly wearing his National Guard uniform.  He then served in the United States Army in 1960-63.

He married Gwendolyn Haines on May 3, 1965, in Oneonta.

Fenimore, Glimmer Globe Plan ‘Virtual’ Theater Fest

Fenimore, Glimmer Globe

Plan ‘Virtual’ Theater Fest

Macbeth (Mike Henrici) and his lady (Danielle Henrici) perform at the Fenimore’s Lucy B. Hamilton Amphitheater in summers past.  ( photo)

COOPERSTOWN – Fenimore Art Museum’s Glimmer Globe Theatre and The Farmers’ Museum’s Templeton Players in Cooperstown are planning e a full schedule of virtual performing arts in place of the regular 2020 summer season.

Due to the restrictions on public gatherings necessary to protect public health, this season’s productions of “The Tempest” by William Shakespeare and “A Moon for the Misbegotten” by Eugene O’Neill have been rescheduled to 2021.

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