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Otsego County’s Wheels Of Justice Grind – Virtually

Otsego County’s

Wheels Of Justice

Grind – Virtually

Judges, Lawyers Operating On Skype

By LIBBY CUDMORE • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com

Judge Burns
D.A. Muehl

COOPERSTOWN – Even the courtroom has gone virtual in the age of COVID-19.

“If the arraignment is essential, like a felony arraignment, we’ve got Skype set up in the courtroom,” said District Attorney John Muehl. “An email gets sent around with the information, then the judge, myself and the lawyers can all be present, but nobody has to appear.”

With all cases adjourned until May 15, no one’s appeared virtually yet, but the courts want to be ready. “Arraignments are necessary proceedings,” Muehl said. “For example, if we had a domestic violence case where an order of protection had to be issued, we could arraign them.”

Otsego County’s Wheels Of Justice Grind – Virtually
Reprinted From This Week’s
Hometown Oneonta, Freeman’s Journal

Otsego County’s

Wheels Of Justice

Grind – Virtually

Judges, Lawyers Operating On Skype

By LIBBY CUDMORE • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com

Judge Burns
D.A. Muehl

COOPERSTOWN – Even the courtroom has gone virtual in the age of COVID-19.

“If the arraignment is essential, like a felony arraignment, we’ve got Skype set up in the courtroom,” said District Attorney John Muehl. “An email gets sent around with the information, then the judge, myself and the lawyers can all be present, but nobody has to appear.”

With all cases adjourned until May 15, no one’s appeared virtually yet, but the courts want to be ready. “Arraignments are necessary proceedings,” Muehl said. “For example, if we had a domestic violence case where an order of protection had to be issued, we could arraign them.”

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HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for THURSDAY, JAN. 5
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for THURSDAY, JAN. 5

Meet Area Professionals

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NETWORKING – 6-7:30 p.m. Monthly networking mixer with the Young Professionals Network. B-side Ballroom, 1 Clinton Plaza Dr., Oneonta. Info, www.facebook.com/YoungProfessionalsNetworkYPN/

SKYPE CLASS – 1-4 p.m. Huntington Memorial Library, 62 Chestnut St, Oneonta. Info, hmloneonta.org

COLLEGE PLANNING – 6-7:30 p.m. For Juniors, Auditorium, Cooperstown Central School, 39 Linden Ave., Cooperstown. Info, www.cooperstowncs.org

FOMA MEETING – 7-8 p.m. Cooperstown High School Faculty Room, 39 Linden Ave., Cooperstown. Info, www.cooperstowncs.org

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Electorate Spoke – Now, Work Together

DISSENSION IN TOWN OF RICHFIELD

Electorate Spoke –

Now, Work Together

The new town attorney, Peter Hobaica, introduces himself to the Richfield Town Board. Seated from left are Larry Frigault, Rex Seamon, Supervisor Nick Palevsky and Ed Bello, Jr. (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)

It was troubling to attend the Richfield Town Board’s latest meeting, on Monday, Feb. 17.

The meeting room in the Town Hall on East James Street was full, which is good – citizens participating. But what followed was less so.

Control of the Richfield Town Board shifted from 3-2 to 2-3 on Jan. 1, with the majority shifting from supporters of the town’s new comprehensive plan and zoning code to those opposing it.

That evening, the two minority members, Larry Frigault and Rex Seamon, voted against or argued with every measure raised by the new majority, Supervisor Nick Palevsky and Ed Bello Jr. (with Fred Eckler participating by Skype from Florida.)

When that happened Frigault and Seamon supporters packing the room applauded. Intimidating, to say the least.

As has been reported, the Nov. 5 town elections, which preceded the New Year’s Day transfer of authority, centered on a
disputed comprehensive master plan and resulting zoning code.

A decade ago, opposed to the Monticello Hills Wind LLC six-turbine project, neighbors in the town’s west end organized as Protect Richfield, and sued the developers. Opinion was more mixed in other parts of the town, which saw $150,000 a year as welcome property-tax relief.

When the Appellate Division, state Supreme Court, in 2015 opened the way for Monticello Hills to move forward, the neighbors refocused on getting fully involved in the committee developing the comp plan, and to enter town government on the planning, zoning and town boards, where they had achieved a 3-2 majority, (Frigault, Seamon and Seamon’s nephew Kane).

The comp plan and the zoning code that followed envisioned the town as agricultural and residential, a Protect Richfield vision that troubled other residents who, dismayed by the falling enrollment at Richfield Spring Central School, were inclined toward more proactive development.

Unsurprisingly, the plan and code Protect Richfield adherents developed blocked wind turbines within town boundaries – and, thus, the Monticello Hills Wind Farm.

Granted, there was some give on one of the most restrictive measures – prohibiting any development alongside Route 20, a major artery through the town. That clause was modified.

Still, in the face of continuing objections, Frigault-Seamons bloc then approved the zoning code, 3-2, Sept. 30, five weeks before the election.

That election turned out to be a repudiation of the Protect Richfield bloc.

Palevsky, who had been controversial when he served a decade ago, and was also the focus of some intense personal attacks, nonetheless defeated his opponent, David Simonds, a local pastor, 369 to 356.

Palevsky’s running mates romped, with newcomer Ed Bello Jr. leading the ticket with 444 votes, followed by Eckler with 405. Their opponents, incumbent Kane Seamon (343) and Jeremy Fisher (246) were well behind, indicating the Palevsky bloc had captured Richfield minds and hearts.

That should tell Frigault and Rex Seamon that, whatever their good intentions, they failed to gain support of the electorate at large. They should respect that, and allow the new majority to move its program forward, which will likely lead to the rejection of the new comp plan and zoning code, and development of a new approach.

Prior to the Nov. 5 election, people of good will urged election of the Protect Richfield bloc, saying it would bring the community together. Given the margin of victory on the town board level, that seems unlikely.

Here’s the optimum outcome. Frigault and Seamon – and the badgering attendees at the recent meeting – should accept the judgment of the electorate at the ballot box. It’s the American away, (at least it was before the 2016 national elections).

The new majority should proceed with revising the comp plan and zoning code, per instructions of the electorate, but should assemble a zoning commission that represents the whole community, including Protect Richfield.

Certainly, zoning should identify areas for development, for housing, for recreation, for protection – and even optimum areas for
producing renewable energy, while minimizing the impact on neighbors and optimizing tax benefits for all townspeople.

Fingers crossed.

With Elena’s Michael, Dine Together –  Apart

SOCIALIZE AND MAINTAIN DISTANCE

With Elena’s Michael,

Dine Together –  Apart

Chef Michael prepares to deliver his roasted chicken. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)

By LIBBY CUDMORE • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com

ONEONTA – Michael Tracy, who owns Elena’s Michael Catering, doesn’t want to see anyone eating alone.

“The idea is this,” he said. “You call up five to seven of your friends, and I’ll deliver meals to all of them. Then you get online” – using Skype, Zoom or Google Hangouts – “and have a virtual dinner party.”

With much of his popular catering business stymied by COVID-19 lockdowns, Tracy has turned to individual catering, serving his signature deli sandwiches and event-worthy dinner platters for takeout from his kitchen location in the Hearths a’Fire plaza on Route 23 in Southside Oneonta.

“I do a lot of catering work for the colleges,” he said. “But all of the sports teams cancelled their seasons. So when I saw that people couldn’t go out to eat or have meals with their friends, I got this idea.”

He was inspired, in part, by a “silent concert” he witnessed in 2011 while coaching at Hamilton College. “Elena and I were in line at the college observatory to look at the rings of Jupiter,” he said. “All of the sudden, we heard all these students just going crazy, and we were all looking around to see what was going on.”

In the field below, students had gathered, each with their iPod, and were dancing, shouting and singing.  “The girls behind us told us the school wouldn’t let them have a concert because the neighbors would complain about the noise,” he said.

“So all the students put the same 15 songs on their iPods, went out in the field and listened together.”

Like any good dinner party, Michael’s concept includes an appetizer – asparagus wrapped in puff pastry, sausages wrapped in bacon or signature eggplant caponata (that Sicilian ratatouille).

Then, an entrée – roasted chicken, pork tenderloin or chicken parmesan with Elena’s Italian sauce, each with roasted potatoes and a spring salad.

For dessert, a piece of Tracy’s own homemade cheesecake and Italian cookies.

“This way, you can have your appetizer and cocktails at 7, dinner at 8 and dessert at 9,” he said.
And as a bonus, no one host is stuck doing all the dishes at the end of the night.

Tracy, a former football coach, started his catering business in 2018 to maintain the legacy of his wife, the well-known Oneonta chef and pastry chef, Elena Doyle, after her death earlier that year.

Since then, he has become a fixture on the catering scene in his own right, especially with his sandwiches, which he boxes with chips and a drink for sports teams as his “coach saver” package.

But he’s still open to catering large events – from a distance. “I was asked to do 10 sandwiches for a Springbrook house,” he said.

“A few days later, I was called to do 10 meals. And then a little while later, I was asked to do 300 desserts!”

Because food, he believes, is a way of bonding with the people you love, even when you can’t be together.

“It’s socialization versus social distancing,” he said. “You can still talk to your friends and family and enjoy a good meal together. You have that in common, you can say, ‘Oh, the asparagus is really good’ and talk about what you’re all eating.”

From Oneonta To Fame

From Oneonta To Fame

Locally, Ibram Kendi Recalled For Honesty, A Gentle Disposition

By MIKE FORSTER ROTHBART • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com

Last year at the University of Vermont, Rogers, now Ibram Kendi and a renowned public intellectual, spoke to a packed house.

Before Ibram X. Kendi was Ibram X. Kendi, he was Ibram Rogers and he taught at SUNY Oneonta.

Kendi, a history professor and now director of the Center for Antiracist Research at Boston University, has built his academic career on the study of racism. He views racism – rather than race itself—as a defining feature of American history and argues in his writing that this history is an ongoing “battle between racists and antiracists.”

This past year has been Kendi’s moment in the spotlight. With every new book, he has risen in stature, becoming – in a span of eight years since he became Kendi – a public intellectual and media go-to for commentary on race issues.

Kendi (then Rogers) came to Oneonta in 2008 as a 26-year-old graduate student. He got a one-year teaching fellowship, a joint appointment in SUNY Oneonta’s History and Africana & Latinx Studies departments. This gave him time to finish his dissertation, said professor emeritus Kathleen O’Mara in a Skype call from her home.

At the time, O’Mara chaired the ALS Department, and she remembers hiring him. From the beginning, “his honesty rang through, because you know, you’re used to, in academia, all these people who promise you the world,” said O’Mara. “We were struck by his honesty. He didn’t budge. He was honest, he told us straight up, ‘This is where I am, this is how fast I work. You know, I find writing easy, and I will get it done in a year.’ Okay? And he did.”

Otsego County Events Calendar

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For Otsego County,

Cooperstown, Oneonta

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Ongoing Events

ONEONTA FARMERS MARKET – 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. Saturdays. Market runs indoors at Main St. Garage Walkway during winter, outdoors on Muller Plaza during summer. For the health of the community, patrons are asked to limit hand-to-hand contact, frequently wash/sanitize hands. Customers can also reach out to vendors for pre-order & market pick-up. Atrium, Foothills Performing Arts Center, Oneonta. Info, www.oneontafarmersmarket.com

COOPERSTOWN FARMERS MARKET – Saturdays 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.  Open, requesting all patrons wash their hands before entering, only one person per household should shop, do not touch produce or goods yourself, allow vendors to bag the items for you, pay by credit card if possible or exact change if not, no seating available. maintain social distance of 6 feet, and if you are sick then stay home. 101 Main St., Pioneer Alley, Cooperstown. Rain or shine. Info, www.facebook.com/CooperstownFarmersMarket/

GARDEN SHOW – Online. Virtual horticulture and Photography show titled “Garden Interludes.” Visit https://www.lakeandvalleygc.org/virtual-show-fall-2020 to view.

COMMUNITY CONVERSATIONS — 8-9 a.m. Tuesdays. Join local officials and others in the community to talk about local issues at The Green Earth, 4 Market Street, Oneonta.

ONEONTA HISTORY CENTER — Rotating public exhibits on local history. Free. One exhibit celebrates 150th anniversary of the center’s home building, at 183 Main St. The center is seeking anniversary donations. Oneonta History Center, 183 Main St. (at Dietz St.), Oneonta. Hours, info, www.oneontahistory.org or (607) 432-0960

EDMESTON MUSEUM — 9 a.m. – Noon. Every Saturday. View permanent displays of rural upstate NY and rotating “pop-up” exhibits on specific topics on rural living. 1 North St., Edmeston. Visit www.facebook.com/pages/category/Community-Museum/Edmeston-Museum-219562458817938/

ROSEBOOM SHOW – Online Photography Exhibit featuring look back at 3 photo installations held at the Roseboom Historical Association. May The Circle Be Unbroken 1998, Sacred Spaces in Everyday LIfe 2000, Heart of the Country 2002. Visit www.facebook.com/theroseboomshows/ to view.

HABITAT FOR HUMANITY – Thursday & Saturday, 8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. Volunteer aged 14+ are invited to aid in the construction of 2 houses for families in need. Come for a few hour or the whole day, no special skill required. McFarland Rd., Oneonta. 607-432-7874 or visit habitatotsego.org/volunteer/

ART GALLERY – Stop by to view art works by local artists. Currently on view ‘The Sibling Show’ by Julien, Sophie, & Ginger Miller. Free, be sure to call ahead. The Art Garage, 689 Beaver Meadow Rd., Cooperstown. 607-547-5327 or visit www.facebook.com/TheArtGarageCooperstown/

FOOD PANTRY – The Daily Bread Food Pantry is open for walk-ins. Saturdays 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. and Tuesdays 9 a.m. – Noon. The Community Center, 2 Genesee St., Cherry Valley.

 

Thursday,

June 17
MOBILE COACH – 1 – 7 p.m. Stop by at mobile cancer screening coach for free mammograms, more for women over 40 with no insurance or underinsured. Damaschke Field, Neahwa Park, Oneonta. 1-888-345-0225 or visit www.bassett.org/services/cancer-care/cancer-screenings/cancer-services-program
COMMERCE – 2 p.m. Learn about the Cooperstown Chamber of Commerce with chamber director Tara Burke. Presented by the Cooperstown Senior Community Center, brick building behind St. Mary’s Church, 31 Elm St., Cooperstown. coopseniorcenter@gmail.com
BEAUTIFICATION – 6:30 p.m. Join the Richfield Springs Garden club for program on the ‘Keep America Beautiful’ federal initiative. Members of the Mohawk Valley Economic Development district will discuss how the initiative will sponsor a garden in Otsego County. Trinity Christian Reformed Church, 187 East Main St., Richfield Springs. 607-547-2536 or visit www.facebook.com/CCEOtsegoMG/
NEW YORK HISTORY – 6:30 p.m. Learn about the culture and music from when the Erie canal connected Buffalo to New York City in video ‘Where Did the Songs Go? The Musical Legacy of the Historic Erie Canal Part 2.’ Presented by the Arkell Museum, Canajoharie. 518-673-2314 ext. 113 or visit www.arkellmuseum.org/events-calendar
OUTDOOR CONCERT – 7 p.m. Come out and enjoy dreamy folk/country/indie-rock songs performed by Ana Egge. Cost, $16/person. West Kortright Centre, 49 West Kortright Church Rd., East Meredith. 607-278-5454 or visit westkc.org
HOME GAME – 7 p.m. Local baseball team Oneonta Outlaws Vs. Amsterdam Mohawks. Damaschke Field, Oneonta. 607-432-6326 or visit www.facebook.com/oneontaoutlawsbaseball/
WRITERS SALON – 7:30 p.m. Open mic followed by presentation by Marly Youmans, author of eight novels, 2 Southern fantasies, an adventure in blank verse, and 4 collections of poetry. Free, open to public. Presented through Zoom by the Community Arts Network of Oneonta. 607-432-2070 or visit www.canoneonta.org/event/writers-salon-marly-youmans/?instance_id=1203

 

Friday,

June 18
CHICKEN DINNER – 4:30-6 p.m. Enjoy a take-out Brooks chicken dinner including a half chicken, coleslaw, baked potato, and a roll. Cost, $12/dinner. Pre-orders by Wednesday encouraged. First Baptist Church of Cooperstown, 21 Elm St., Cooperstown. Contact baptistcooperstown@gmail.com with name, number, quantity.
FIZZBALL – 7 – 10 p.m. Join the Oneonta Teen Center and the Otsego Pride Alliance for the first Fizzball game of the season. Bring your own goggles. Meet at the Skate House, Neahwa Park, Oneonta. 607-441-3999 or visit www.facebook.com/oneonta.teencenter
FIRE PIT FRIDAYS – 7 – 10 p.m. Get out and enjoy a fun night around the fire with friends, drinks and music. This week features The Beadle Brothers, performing today’s country music. Brewery Ommegang, 656 Co.Hwy. 33, Cooperstown. 607-280-2900 or visit www.ommegang.com/event/fire-pit-fridays-2021-2/
THEATER – 7:30 p.m. Orpheus Theatre’s Starstruck Players present Disney’s ‘Moana’ Jr. Admission, $10. Foothills Performing Arts Center, Oneonta. 607-432-1800 or visit www.facebook.com/OrpheusTheatre/

 

Saturday,

June 19
FETCHING BREWS – 8:30 a.m. Come support the Susquehanna Animal Shelter in 10k, 5k, and 0.5k run/walks. Features pet parade, and age appropriate prizes from the participating breweries. Begin at Brewery Ommegang, 656 Co. Hwy. 33, Cooperstown. 607-547-8111 or visit sqspca.org/fetching-brews-run-walk/
BOOK COLLECTION – 10 a.m. – Noon. Bring your gently used books for the Village Library book sale. This is the biggest fundraiser for the library. Drop off at side entrance at the Village Library, 22 Main St., Cooperstown. Visit www.facebook.com/VillageLibraryOfCooperstown/
FOOD PANTRY – 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. The Daily Bread Food Pantry will be offering free home delivery. Sign up online or call. The Community Center, 2 Genesee St., Cherry Valley. 607.435.6064 or visit www.tinyurl.com/dailybreaddelivery
PADDLE & PULL – 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. Bring out your kayak, canoe, or paddle-board and help remove water chestnut & European frog bit (both highly invasive) from Silver Lake. Only OCCA water craft allowed. Masks, social distancing required. Bring water, sunscreen, hat, & dress to get wet and dirty. Instruction on where to meet provided upon registration. Silver Lake, Pittsfield. 607-547-4488 or visit occainfo.org/calendar/paddle-and-pull-goodyear-lake-7/
BENEFIT – 2 – 6 p.m. Come out to support 25 year fire department veteran Fred Clements who is receiving treatment for cancer. Will include a 50/50 raffle, Chinese auction, more. Cost, $10/adult. Richfield Springs Vets Club, 13 Lake St., Richfield Springs. 315-858-0850 or visit www.facebook.com/richfieldspringsfiredepartment/
EXHIBIT DISCUSSION – 2 – 3 p.m. Discuss photographs & career of Ansel Adams with his son Michael Adams. Presentation will focus on current exhibit ‘Manzanar: The Wartime Photographs of Ansel Adams’ and will be followed by Q&A session. Registration required for online meeting. Cost, $10/non-member. Presented by Fenimore Art Museum, Cooperstown. 607-547-1400 or visit www.fenimoreartmuseum.org
JUNETEENTH – 3 – 8 p.m. Celebrate the 2nd annual Juneteenth, the celebration of the emancipation of the last enslaved people in the US, with food, live music, and art from a variety of local artists and authors. Neahwa Park, Oneonta. www.juneteenthoneonta.com
LIFESKILLS – 4 – 6 p.m. Teens are invited to learn to cook with Lynn. Menu posted to FB. Seating limited, reservations required. Presented by The Oneonta Teen Center. 50 Dietz St., Oneonta. 607 441 3999 or visit www.facebook.com/oneonta.teencenter
THEATER – 7:30 p.m. Orpheus Theatre’s Starstruck Players present Disney’s ‘Moana’ Jr. Admission, $10. Foothills Performing Arts Center, Oneonta. 607-432-1800 or visit www.facebook.com/OrpheusTheatre/

 

Sunday,

June 20
STAMFORD CONCERT – 3 p.m. Join the Friends of Music of Stamford for chamber music concert by the award winning Ulysses Quartet who will perform works by Tailleferre’s, Mendelssohn, and a traditional Swedish tune (Polska From Dorothea). Admission by donation. Held rain or shine at Historic Park District, 158-170 W. Main St., Stamford. 518-918-8003 or visit friendsmusic.org
THEATER – 3 p.m. Orpheus Theatre’s Starstruck Players present Disney’s ‘Moana’ Jr. Admission, $10. Foothills Performing Arts Center, Oneonta. 607-432-1800 or visit www.facebook.com/OrpheusTheatre/
VIRTUAL CONCERT – 4 p.m. Tune in for virtual performance of sacred songs from 1574 to 1655 performed by Oneonta Tenor Fred Chrislip, accompanying himself on the Lute. Performance for the Boston Early Music Festival. Visit BEMF Fringe Concerts channel on Youtube to view.

 

Monday,

June 21
HOME GAME – 7 p.m. Local baseball team Oneonta Outlaws Vs. Albany Dutchman. Damaschke Field, Oneonta. 607-432-6326 or visit www.facebook.com/oneontaoutlawsbaseball/

 

Tuesday,

June 22
PRIMARY ELECTIONS – 6 a.m. – 9 p.m. Come vote in the primary elections. 607-547-4247 or visit www.otsegocounty.com/departments/board_of_elections/index.php
BIRDING – 8 – 9 a.m. Learn about beginner bird watching. Registration required. $1 donation requested. Presented by the Cooperstown Senior Community Center. Brookwood Gardens, 6000 St. Hwy. 80, Cooperstown. 607-547-8471 or e-mail coopseniorcenter@gmail.com
JOB FAIR – 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. Job seekers are invited to visit with employers. Includes opportunity to interview with employers, explore opportunities, more. Free, virtual. Presented by CDO Workforce. Call Jodi at 315-207-6951 ext. 104 or visit www.cdoworkforce.org
VOICES OF THE GAME – Noon. Join roundtable discussion with Sean Forman, president of Sports Reference, Gary Ashwill of Seamheads.com and Tom Shieber, curator for the National Baseball Hall of Fame & Museum, moderated by the museum’s own Bruce Markusen. Presented by The Baseball Hall of Fame. 607-547-7200 or visit baseballhall.org/events/virtual-voices-of-the-game-negro-leagues-statistics-on-baseball-reference?date=0
ART DISCUSSION – 6:30 p.m. Discuss the Winslow Homer Oil Collection housed at the Arkell Museum. These 7 paintings show the distint phases in the artists career, from Civil War artist to marine painter. Free, registration for Zoom meeting required. Arkell Museum, Canajoharie. 518-673-2314 ext 113 or visit www.arkellmuseum.org/events-calendar

 

Wednesday,

June 23
HEALTHY EATING – 11:30 a.m. Learn how to cook healthy in 6 weeks. Each weeks is a 1-hour class with a nutrition lesson and a cook-a-long. Free, registration for Zoom meeting required. June 14 thru July 19. Presented by Cornell Cooperative Extension. 518-234-4303 ext. 120 or visit cceschoharie-otsego.org/events/2021/04/08/whats-for-dinner
VIRTUAL TOUR – 2 – 3 p.m. Join live tour of exhibit ‘Manzanar: The Wartime Photographs of Ansel Adams’ which features photographs documenting the Japanese internment camp in California in 1943. Free, suggested donation $10. Presented by The Fenimore Art Museum. 607-547-1400 or visit www.fenimoreartmuseum.org
HISTORICAL SOCIETY RETURNS – 7 p.m. The Fly Creek Area Historical Society returns for its first meeting in about a year. They haven’t been idle though. Come see how they’ve updated the exhibits, what they’ve done to their building, and there’s more to talk about. Refreshments available, doors open for circulation. Social distancing observed, masks optional. Free, open to public. The Old Grange Building, Cemetery Rd., Fly Creek.
REBROADCAST – 7 p.m. ‘Smuggled Lenses: The Politics of Documentary Photography at Manzanar’ zoom discussion about the politics behind the official photographers of the camp and the inmates who documented their own experiences. Free, $10 donation requested. Presented by The Fenimore Art Museum, Cooperstown. 607-547-1400 or visit www.fenimoreartmuseum.org
HOME GAME – 7 p.m. Local baseball team Oneonta Outlaws Vs. Glens Falls Dragons. Damaschke Field, Oneonta. 607-432-6326 or visit www.facebook.com/oneontaoutlawsbaseball/

 

Thursday,

June 24
FIELD TRIP – 1:15 – 3 p.m. Seniors are invited on fun trip to Brookwood Point gardens. Limited to 20, registration required. $1 donation requested. Presented by the Cooperstown Senior Community Center. Brookwood Gardens, 6000 St. Hwy. 80, Cooperstown. 607-547-8471 or e-mail coopseniorcenter@gmail.com
AUTHOR SERIES – 2 p.m. Presentation by Paul Hensler, author of the new book, ‘Gathering Crowds: Catching Baseball Fever in the New Era of Free Agency.’ Learn how the game changed in the ‘80s and ‘90s when small market clubs became world champions against the big market clubs. Followed by Q&A session. Free, registration required. Presented by Baseball Hall of Fame. 607-547-7200 or visit baseballhall.org/events/virtual-author-series-jay-horwitz?date=0
CIRCUS – 5:30 & 7:30 p.m. Bring the kids out for the Zerbini Family Circus featuring Animals, Aerialists, Jugglers, Clowns, and more. Pony rides available 1 hour before. Masks, social distancing required. Cost, $15/adult. Free Parking. 6th Ward Playground, Scramling Ave., Oneonta. 607-434-4419 or visit zerbinifamilycircus.com
SUMMER CONCERT SERIES – 7:30 p.m. Musicians of Ma’alwyck return to Hyde Hall with a lively performance of pieces from their CD featuring transcribed works from the Clark family records, bringing the music of the past back to life. Followed by lively discussion, and a lighting ceremony in the Grand Staircase Hall. Free, open to public. Hyde Hall, 267 Glimmerglass State Park Rd., Cooperstown. 607-547-5098 or visit hydehall.org

 

Friday,

June 25
BIRD ATLAS – June 25 thru 27. Birders are invited to go see what breeding bird they can spot in a new atlas event by the Audubon Society. 607-397-3815 or visit www.facebook.com/DelawareOtsegoAudubonSociety/
CIRCUS – 5:30 & 7:30 p.m. Bring the kids out for the Zerbini Family Circus featuring Animals, Aerialists, Jugglers, Clowns, and more. Pony rides available 1 hour before. Masks, social distancing required. Cost, $15/adult. Free Parking. 6th Ward Playground, Scramling Ave., Oneonta. 607-434-4419 or visit zerbinifamilycircus.com
FIRE PIT FRIDAYS – 7 – 10 p.m. Get out and enjoy a fun night around the fire with friends, drinks and music. This week features feel good music by Annie In The Water. Brewery Ommegang, 656 Co.Hwy. 33, Cooperstown. 607-280-2900 or visit www.ommegang.com/event/fire-pit-fridays-2021-2/
SUMMER CONCERT SERIES – 7:30 p.m. Enjoy fun performance of ‘The Ships Captain’ about the hijinks of 2 sisters, their guardian, and a mysterious suitor. This singspiel from 1817 includes parodies of famous pieces from Mozart, Beethoven, and popular German folk songs.Cost, $20/adult. Hyde Hall, 267 Glimmerglass State Park Rd., Cooperstown. 607-547-5098 or visit hydehall.org

 

Saturday,

June 26
PICKLEBALL FUNDRAISER – 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. Have fun at the first annual pickleball tournament presented by the Otsego County Chamber of Commerce. Enjoy 15 minute games, guaranteed 3 games with play-offs and championships in each division. Includes free fruit, water, snacks, and more. Cost, $100/team. Neahwa Park, Oneonta. 607-432-4500 otsegocc.com
CIRCUS – 4 & 6 p.m. Bring the kids out for the Zerbini Family Circus featuring Animals, Aerialists, Jugglers, Clowns, and more. Pony rides available 1 hour before. Masks, social distancing required. Cost, $15/adult. Free Parking. 6th Ward Playground, Scramling Ave., Oneonta. 607-434-4419 or visit zerbinifamilycircus.com
JAZZ WORKSHOP – 4 – 5 p.m. Learn about Jazz with performer Kimberley Hawkey. Free, open to all ages. Followed by cocktail hour featuring seasonal small plates and beverages to 7:30. Origins Cafe, 558 Beaver Meadow Rd., Cooperstown. 607-437-2862 or visit www.celebrateorigins.com
LIFESKILLS – 4 – 6 p.m. Teens are invited to learn to cook with Lynn. Menu posted to FB. Seating limited, reservations required. Presented by The Oneonta Teen Center. 50 Dietz St., Oneonta. 607 441 3999 or visit www.facebook.com/oneonta.teencenter
HOME GAME – 7 p.m. Local baseball team Oneonta Outlaws Vs. Saugerties Stallions. Damaschke Field, Oneonta. 607-432-6326 or visit www.facebook.com/oneontaoutlawsbaseball/
CONCERT – 7:30 p.m. Kimberley Hawkey to perform mix of songs from Jazz, Broadway, and folk. She will be joined by pianist/vocalist Loren Daniels, bassist Evan Jagels, and drummer Graeme Francis. Music charge, $15. Origins Cafe, 558 Beaver Meadow Rd., Cooperstown. 607-437-2862 or visit www.celebrateorigins.com

 

Monday,

June 28
HOME GAME – 7 p.m. Local baseball team Oneonta Outlaws Vs. Elmira Pioneers. Join the Otsego Pride Alliance to celebrate pride month. Damaschke Field, Oneonta. 607-432-6326 or visit www.facebook.com/oneontaoutlawsbaseball/

 

Tuesday,

June 29
TAI CHI – 12:45 – 1:45 p.m. Seniors are invited to practice this slow moving exercise. Presented by the Cooperstown Senior Community Center, brick building behind St. Mary’s Church, 31 Elm St., Cooperstown. coopseniorcenter@gmail.com
BLOOD DRIVE – 1 – 6 p.m. Donate blood, help save up to 3 lives. Foothills Performing Arts Center, Oneonta. 800-733-2767 or visit www.redcrossblood.org
COPING – 2 p.m. ‘Stress: Don’t Give in to the Negative Gremlins’ learn to deal with stresses that can interfere with living life well with Kari. Presented by the Cooperstown Senior Community Center, brick building behind St. Mary’s Church, 31 Elm St., Cooperstown. coopseniorcenter@gmail.com
COMMUNITY CONVERSATION – 6:45 p.m. Town of Springfield Residents are invited for discussion on internet availability in town. Sponsored by American Libraries Association. Springfield Library, 129 Co. Hwy. 29A, Springfield. 315-858-5802 or visit libraries.4cls.org/springfield/adult-programs/
BOOK CLUB – 7 p.m. Join the library club to discuss this months book ‘The Museum of Modern Love’ by Heather Rose. Free, registration for Zoom meeting required. Presented by Huntington Memorial Library, Oneonta. 607-432-1980 or visit www.facebook.com/hmloneonta/
HOME GAME – 7 p.m. Local baseball team Oneonta Outlaws Vs. Utica Blue Sox. Damaschke Field, Oneonta. 607-432-6326 or visit www.facebook.com/oneontaoutlawsbaseball/

 

Wednesday,

June 30
VIRTUAL TOUR – 2 – 3 p.m. Join live tour of exhibit ‘Manzanar: The Wartime Photographs of Ansel Adams’ which features photographs documenting the Japanese internment camp in California in 1943. Free, suggested donation $10. Presented by The Fenimore Art Museum. 607-547-1400 or visit www.fenimoreartmuseum.org
SKYPE A SCIENTIST – 4 – 5 p.m. Children are invited to tune in put all their questions about marine life to Marine Ecologist, Dr. Avery Scherer. Great for ages 8 – 12. Presented by Huntington Memorial Library. 607-432-1980 or visit www.facebook.com/hmloneonta/
DIGITAL HELP – 6:45 – 7:45 p.m. Call in for help with your digital devices. Presented by Huntington Memorial Library. 607-386-1465.
HYDE HALL HISTORY – 7 p.m. Learn the history of the buildings, grounds, and collection contained in Hyde Hall. RSVP required. Springfield Library, 129 Co. Hwy. 29A, Springfield. 315-858-5802 or visit libraries.4cls.org/springfield/adult-programs/

Rejoining The World

Rejoining The World

By JIM KEVLIN • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com

After a year of separation, Cathy Weir of Cooperstown trims her mom Elinore Sorbera’s pageboy. Now in her 90s, Mrs. Sorbera was head nurse at the county’s former Meadows Nursing Home on Route 33, predecessor to Coopers- town Center, where she resides now.

A decade ago, Kent Turner was working in the kitchen at Oneonta’s B-Side Ballroom, the popular nightspot, when he noticed a vivacious woman and her girlfriends were becoming regulars.

“We starting talking,” said Kent, and one thing led to another. “She had a heart of gold.”

Kent and Jackie fell in love.

Soon, the couple was attending Oneonta’s Community Gospel Church. For seven happy years, “she was really helpful in turning my life around,” he said.

But it wasn’t to continue.

Jackie was stricken with premature dementia in her late 50s, and she was admitted to Cooperstown Center’s Serenity Place, where her loving companion visited her regularly – until he couldn’t.

In February 2020, as COVID-19 loomed, state regulations forced Cooperstown Center to close its doors to visitors. For 13 months, not just Jackie and Kent, but the Center’s more than 150 residents were cut off from their families.

“When we had to close those doors,” said Lacey Rinker, director of nursing, “it breaks your heart.”

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