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HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO: Frozen Toe Trail Run With Clark Sports Center 01-22-2022
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SATURDAY, JANUARY 22

Frozen Toe Trail Run
With Clark Sports Center

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FROZEN TOE RUN – 11 a.m. Brave the cold for the 2022 Frozen Toe 5 Mile Trail Run. Course travels the perimeter of the Clark Sports Center property and wooded trails. There is a 2.5 mile option. Cost, FREE. Will be held in all weather conditions. Registration required. Clark Sports Center, Cooperstown. 607-547-2800 or visit www.clarksportscenter.com/events/2022-frozen-toes-5-miler/

COVID update for January 21

COVID update for January 21

The latest information from the Otsego County Health Department shows:

136 new cases

8  hospitalized

2  new deaths reported

15 percent seven-day average percentage positive

Otsego County and all of New York State remains under an indoor-mask mandate from Governor Kathy Hochul, with exceptions under certain conditions when proof of vaccination is required for entry to an indoor public facility. Read more about New York State’s mask requirement at this link.

Oneonta Church sets fundraiser

Oneonta Church sets fundraiser

St. James Episcopal Church in Oneonta plans a mission fundraiser for schools in the Dominican Republic and Santa Cruz for Saturday, January 29, from 3 p.m. until 7 p.m.

The event takes place at the church at 305 Main Street and features open-dinner chili and cornbread and chicken burritos available on either a dine-in or take-out basis.

The cost is $7.00 for adults, $5.00 for children; all are welcome, and please wear your mask!

In Memoriam Margaret J.D. Yerdon, 93 April 22, 1928 – January 18, 2022

In Memoriam

Margaret J. D. Yerdon, 93

April 22, 1928 – January 18, 2022

Margaret J. D. Yerdon

Harris is rejoicing because he has Margaret to dance with again,  while her family here is left feeling the loss.  Margaret Jane Dubben Yerdon was reunited with Harris on January 18, 2022  at the age of 93,  when she passed away at the home of her daughter.   Margaret was born, the first of four daughters to the late George and Dorothy (Green) Dubben on April 22, 1928 in Cooperstown, NY.  She was raised on the family farm in Middlefield. She first attended school in the Middlefield School House and graduated from Cherry Valley Central School, Class of 1946.  Following graduation Margaret attend Oneonta Teachers College and graduated with a degree in Elementary Education in 1950. On January 27, 1952 she married Harris, at the First Presbyterian Church in Cherry Valley.  Margaret retired in 1997 from Cherry Valley-Springfield Central School after teaching (Elementary and Remedial Reading) for 45 years where she was involved with student teachers, the Cherry Valley-Springfield School merger study in 1985, served as the CV-S Elementary Coordinator, and PARP Coordinator.  For many years Margaret sold tickets at basketball games on Tuesday and Friday nights.  Following her retirement Margaret continued to enjoy social events, her grandchildren’s events and gardening at her home . Her flower and vegetable gardens received much attention and garden produce was properly preserved.  Her pickles were the best.

Those who were in Cherry Valley on Halloween will always remember the Main Street Witch, which Margaret enjoyed playing for 50+ years.  Generations always made a point to stop in at her house to see Mrs. Yerdon.

HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO: Nature Photographer Presents on Story of Bird Conservation 01-21-2022
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for FRIDAY, JANUARY 21

Nature Photographer Presents
on Story of Bird Conservation

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NATURE PRESENTATION – 7:30 p.m. Join award winning nature photographer, Scott Stoner, for online presentation ‘Unbroken Wings: A Story of Birds and the People Who Saved Them.’ Free, open to the public. Registration is required. Presented by the Delaware Otsego Audubon Soceity. Visit doas.us/unbroken-wings/

Glimmerglass Festival announces summer schedule

Glimmerglass Festival announces summer schedule

Never mind that we’re in the middle of some typically bone-chilling January weather – summer is coming and with it, the 2022 Glimmerglass Festival. Tickets for the summer favorite go on sale Monday, January 24!

On the schedule:

  • The Sound of Music (July 8 – August 19)
  • Carmen (July 16 – August 21)
  • Tenor Overboard (July 19 – August 18)
  • Double Bill (July 29 – August 20)

Patrons planning to see more than one performance may purchase tickets need not wait until Monday – packages for two or more shows are available immediately. Those buying tickets for more than one show receive the greatest discount available, may purchase additional tickets at a 10 percent discount with no additional processing fees, and receive free exchanges.

Cooperstown Police Department: No all-night parking on village streets

Cooperstown Police Department: No all-night parking on village streets

Cooperstown police remind residents and visitors that local law prohibits all-night parking on village streets and in village-owned parking lots between November 1 and April 1.

The village permits no parked cars on the streets specifically between the hours of 2 a.m. and 6 a.m. during these months. The prohibition applies year-round to Main Street from River Street to Pine Boulevard, and Pioneer Street from Lake to Church.

The law also prohibits overnight parking between November 1 and April 1 in the Doubleday Field parking lot except in designated areas along the lot’s west side and in the village-owned spaces in the parking lot behind the fire hall on Chestnut Street except for those vehicles owned by emergency responders parked only during the performance of duty.

 

In Memoriam Joseph A. Bouck Sr., 80 March 27, 1941 – January 17, 2022

In Memoriam

Joseph A. Bouck Sr., 80

March 27, 1941 – January 17, 2022

Joseph A. Bouck

EDMESTON – Joseph A. Bouck Sr, 80, of Edmeston passed away on Monday January 17, 2022 at his home surrounded by his family.

Joe was born on March 27, 1941 in Albany, NY the son of the late Peter and Nellie Rivenburg Bouck. In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his step father Robert Porth, brothers James and Leonard Bouck and a sister Marion Yerdon.

Joe lived most of his adult life in Roseboom where he painted and raced stock cars for many years out of his garage. He was a jack of all trades, loved his Farmall’s, and watching stock car and horse racing. He loved being around his family and will be greatly missed.

COVID update for January 20

COVID update for January 20

The latest information from the Otsego County Health Department shows:

117 new cases

8  hospitalized

0  new deaths reported

17.2  seven-day average percentage positive

Otsego County and all of New York State remains under an indoor-mask mandate from Governor Kathy Hochul, with exceptions under certain conditions when proof of vaccination is required for entry to an indoor public facility. Read more about New York State’s mask requirement at this link.

Oneonta-Cooperstown Bus Changes

Oneonta-Cooperstown Bus Changes

Oneonta Public Transit this week consolidates four bus runs into two, addressing a driver shortage, overlapping existing routes, and changing ridership data.

OPT Director David Hotaling told the Oneonta Common Council in December that existing “East End” and “Cooperstown” routes overlap, and “West End” and “River Street” routes faced dwindling ridership.

The Council unanimously approved the plan.

Richfield Springs Craft Festival is back

Richfield Springs Craft Festival is back

Church of Christ Uniting in Richfield Springs brings its Friendship Craft Festival back this year after a two-year hiatus, and they’re looking for crafters to participate.

The Festival celebrates its 41st year on Saturday, June 11, from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. in Spring Park on Route 20 in Richfield Springs.

For information and an application, visit www.rschurchofchristuniting.com, e-mail friendshipcraftfestival@yahoo.com, or call Carla at 315-858-1451.

Editorial: Destination ‘yes’

Editorial: Destination ‘yes’

Oneonta’s new mayor, Mark Drnek, dropped a surprise when the Otsego County Chamber of Commerce held its 2022 virtual ‘State of the State’ on January 11 and he told Cooperstown Mayor Ellen Tillapaugh that he wants to collaborate with her and other regional leaders on a “destination marketing” campaign to attract new residents to an Oneonta-to-Cooperstown corridor.

His proposal – one he freely admitted was a surprise to all on the Zoom meeting – came after Mayor Tillapaugh said she’d gently tease his predecessor, Gary Herzig, that Oneonta was home to Cooperstown Baseball World and Cooperstown All-Star Village, and they “really benefit that community’s lodging and business community.” With Cooperstown Dreams Park in the Town of Hartwick, she said, “I always joke that the Village of Cooperstown is the only one without an actual baseball complex named after Cooperstown.”

She’s right, of course – we wonder if players and parents unfamiliar with the region aren’t a little disappointed to learn that the Village itself is some 20 miles away from the place to which they’ve traveled to say they played baseball “in Cooperstown.”

COVID update for January 19

COVID update for January 19

The latest information from the Otsego County Health Department shows:

120 new cases

8  hospitalized

0  new deaths reported

17.2  seven-day average percentage positive

Otsego County and all of New York State remains under an indoor-mask mandate from Governor Kathy Hochul, with exceptions under certain conditions when proof of vaccination is required for entry to an indoor public facility. Read more about New York State’s mask requirement at this link.

NY weighs dime deposit

NY weighs dime deposit

New Yorkers would pay a 10-cents-per-bottle deposit on an expanded list of redeemable beverage containers under new legislation that supporters say would “update” the state’s 40-year-old bottle bill.
Ulster County Assemblymember Kevin Cahill sponsors the bill to double the deposit from its current five-cents-per-bottle and expand eligible containers to include wine and liquor bottles, dairy products, ice teas, and sports drinks, and increase the handling fee for redemption centers to five cents per container.

“The Bottle Law is the most successful waste diversion and recycling program offered by New York State,” Assemblymember Cahill said. “Increasing the deposit and adding containers for wine, iced tea, and sports drinks will further incentivize returning these materials and remove litter from our roads and waterways.”

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