Deputies Escort Leslie Kauffman Off Grounds
WALTON – A former rabbit barn superintendent of the Delaware County Fair was escorted off premises by deputies and barred from ever returning for taking photographs of merchandise bearing the Confederate flag, according to a press release issued today by Fair for All, the group protesting Stars & Bars at the week-long event.
Leslie Kauffman, a co-founder of the group Fair for All, which has been campaigning to end the sale of the flag at the fair, attended the fair on Tuesday with her two children and, while there, took photographs of Confederate flag merchandise available for sale.
600 Sign Petition For Ban
WALTON – Fifty participants in the Fair for All movement seeking a ban on the sale of Confederate flags at the Delaware County Fair today were barred at the fair gates from delivering a 600-signature petition, according to spokesperson Laura McClure.
When the 50 Fair for All supporters approached the gate, a security guard closed it, said McClure. Then Ed Rossley, president of the fair board, arrived, told them they could not enter, and declined to accept the petition. The fair board’s secretary later accepted the document, the spokesperson said.
Dumond Quoted Telling Coop Extension:
Prohibition To Be ‘Aggressively Enforced’
DELHI – The Delaware County Fair Board has voted to allow vendors to continue to selling Confederate flags and related memorabilia , but will “aggressively enforce” a prohibition on their display, Fair For All announced today.
As its source, Fair For All quoted statements by Delaware County Sheriff Craig Dumond at a May 20 meeting of the board of local Cornell Cooperative Extension board, which he chairs.
A prohibition on display was put in place in 2018; however; however, it was not enforced, according to Fair For All.
MORRIS – Lisa Jones, manager, Otsego County Fair, wants to make sure everyone can enjoy the fun.
“During our annual meeting in Rochester, I heard about a fair that turned off their lights and sounds for people who have sensory sensitivities, and I knew we had to do it here,” she said. “I immediately brought it back to our board, and they agreed.”
On Wednesday, July 31, the fair will host their first “Think Differently Day,” where, from noon – 2 p.m., the midway will refrain from using music and sound, lights and overhead sound – including announcements – to make the fair more accessible to people with sensory sensitivities.
“I think this is a really cool thing that we’re able to do,” said Jones.
“Without any guidelines from NYS, CDC, and with high demands for the Dept. of Health, it will be impossible to have the 75th Annual Otsego County Fair,” the press release read. “We completely understand your frustrations and heartbreak not having your county fair and we can assure you we’ve exhausted all avenues.”
Trustees Approve Shift In Tour-Bus Parking
To In Front Of Hall, Allowing Fair St. Access
COOPERSTOWN – Village trustees this evening unanimously approved a local law that moves tour-bus parking from in front of the Leatherstocking Corp. to in front of the Baseball Hall of Fame.
The move allows tour buses to turn left and exit the village along Fair Street, alleviating some of the traffic on River Street, a block further.
A proposal raised by Mike Manno, 20 Fair St., to use the Doubleday Field parking lot to load and unload tour buses was discussed, but set aside for the time being. Trustee Cindy Falk said she has safety concerns about school children and Elderhostel tours having to walk from Doubleday to the Hall.
Shifting the parking to allow use of Fair as well as River was proposed by Trustee Ellen Tillapaugh, who reported tonight she was also in negotiation with Dreams Park owner Lou Presutti Jr. to shuttle youth baseball players from Hartwick Seminary to the Hall on the village’s trolley system.
MORRIS – Nelson Shaw Jr., 72, an Otsego County Fair groundskeeper who was a favorite of Minnie Pearl, Loretta Lynn and other country stars who played here over the decades, died April 1, 2016, at the Chestnut Park Nursing Home in Oneonta.
The son of Ruth (Sickler) and Nelson Shaw, Sr., Nelson was born Dec. 19, 1943, in Oneonta. He attended Morris Central School and was a longtime member of the Butternut Valley Grange.
COOPERSTOWN – Citing public outcry against the destruction of one of the oldest houses on Fair Street, Teresa Drerup, Altonview Architects, withdrew the demolition application just moments ago from the agenda of the village’s Historic Preservation & Architectural Review Board.
Drerup is also HPARB chair, although she recused herself on this application.
“The main function of our board is historic preservation,” said HPARB vice chair Roger MacMillan, who took the call from Drerup just after 2 p.m. “There was an awful lot of public sentiment about tearing down this house, and it would have never flown.”
LIBBY’S BEST BETS
By LIBBY CUDMORE • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com
Lords and ladies fair are invited to attend the 11th annual Medieval Renaissance Fair, where Celtic dancers, magicians and more will perform throughout the day. Food, vendors and a Chinese auction – and make sure to come in costume! $5. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, Aug. 10-11, Windfall Dutch Barn, 2009 Clinton Road Cherry Valley. Info 518-993-2239
Kids can learn for themselves what life was like in the old days as Hanford Mills Museum hosts a day of hands-on, family-friendly activities. Enjoy family concert by Dave Ruch featuring sing-a-longs, movement songs, more. 10 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 10, Hanford Mills Museum, 51 Co. Hwy. 12, East Meredith. 607-278-5744.
The Glimmer Globe Theatre continues its production of Thornton Wilder’s classic, “Our Town.” 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 9, Lucy B. Hamilton Amphitheater, Fenimore Art Museum, Cooperstown. 607-547-1400.
The hands-on fun continues as Shannon Delany hosts “On Paper Wings: Building Paper Birds Workshop” to create multi-dimensional birds on a background that can be put in a shadowbox frame. Cost, $67/members, $75/non-member. 1-5 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 10, Fenimore Art Museum,
Oneonta’s poet Gianluca Avanzato reads from his debut collection “City of the Hills,” with signing to follow. 3-4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 10, Stella Luna Ristorante, 58-60 Market St., Oneonta. 607-433-7646.
Enjoy a free chamber music concert by Glimmerglass Festival Musicians. 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 11, Pierstown Grange Hall, 137 Wedderspoon Hollow Road, Cooperstown. 607-264-3069.
Learn how time and the elements have shaped the land of Otsquago Creek with a Geology Walk lead by Dr. Les Hasbargen, Geology professor at SUNY Oneonta. 1-3 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 11, Robert Woodruff Learning Center Owen D. Young Central School, St. Rt. 80, Van Hornesville. 607-282-4087.
The Franklin Stage company also has an opening this week, “Billy Bishop Goes To War.” Set in 1914, follows journey of under-achiever who becomes great fighter pilot. Free admission. 7:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday, Aug. 9-10, 5 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 11, Franklin Stage Company, 25 Institute St., Franklin. 607-829-3700.
COVID-19 BRIEFING/July 6, 2020
Governor Looks Ahead
To Fall School Opening
Here are highlights of today’s COVID-19 briefing by Governor Cuomo:
• The New York State Fair is canceled this year out of an abundance of caution. While disappointing for many reasons, the risk is too high to hold the Fair this summer.
• The State is planning for the fall school year. The New York State Department of Health, in consultation with the Reimagine Education Advisory Council and others, is finalizing guidance on the possible reopening of schools in September. Every school district throughout the State has been directed to develop reopening plans. At the moment, no decisions have been made on whether schools are reopening in the fall. We will follow the data, and make a decision on the data.
COOPERSTOWN – A special meeting of the village’s Historic Preservation & Architectural Review Board is to review an application to demolish a home at 76 Fair St. is planned for 4:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 4.
Also, an applicant is seeking to demolish a shed at 18 Cooper Place.
MIDDLEFIELD – Kim M. Gohde, 64, of Gatley Road, Town of Middlefield, a carpenter and former Middlefield fire chief, died unexpectedly Monday, Aug. 1, 2016.
He suffered a heart attack at the Otsego County Fair, where he was volunteering, as he had for hundreds of hours over many years.
Born June 5, 1952, at Bassett Hospital, Kim was the son of Earl and Dorothy (Butler) Gohde of Middlefield. He grew up on the family farm, attended school in Cherry Valley, and was a life-long Middlefield area resident.