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‘All Aboard’ For History After Hours

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HISTORY AFTER HOURS – 5-7 p.m. “All Aboard” for the first program of the season, offering a variety of activities for adults and children, centered around the D&H railroad special exhibition. Get hands-on with featured D&H objects, taste some of the food that would have been served on a train car in the 1900s, and let the children create a miniature, light up, railroad crossing sign. Oneonta History Center, 183 Main Street, Oneonta. (607) 432-0960 or visit

BLOOD DRIVE—12:30-5:30 p.m. Save up to three lives with the American Red Cross. Otsego County Office Building, Training Room, 140 County Highway 33W, Cooperstown. Register at


Chop Back Invasive Plants
Then Enjoy Evening Refreshments

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CHOP & CHEESE—6-8 p.m. Get out your gloves, pruning shears, and a beverage of choice and chop back the invasive Japanese knotwood followed by light refreshments in the garden overlooking Otsego Lake. Bags, snacks and soft drinks provided. Registration required. Mohican Farms, 7207 State Highway 80, Cooperstown. (607) 547-4488 or visit

BLOOD DRIVE—10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Save up to three lives with the American Red Cross. Levine Center, A. O. Fox Memorial Hospital, 1 Norton Avenue, Oneonta. Register at

Air Quality Health Advisory In Effect
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Air Quality Health Advisory In Effect

OTSEGO COUNTY—As of 9:50 a.m., the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation has issued air quality health advisories for Tuesday, June 6 in effect for Long Island, New York City Metro, Lower Hudson Valley, Upper Hudson Valley, Adirondacks, Eastern Lake Ontario and Central Regions. Air quality levels have been plunging due to smoke from wildfires in the eastern Canadian provinces of Nova Scotia and Quebec. Above, color photos taken from Cooperstown’s Lakefront Park illustrate the impact those fires are having on air quality this afternoon (top) versus a relatively clear day. When pollution levels are elevated, the New York State Department of Health recommends that individuals consider limiting strenuous outdoor physical activity to reduce the risk of adverse health effects. People who may be especially sensitive to the effects of elevated levels of pollutants include the very young and those with pre-existing respiratory problems such as asthma or heart disease. Those with symptoms should consider consulting their personal physician. (Photos by Wriley Nelson, top, and Tara Barnwell, above)

Volunteers Needed for Susquehanna River Cleanup

Volunteers Needed for Susquehanna River Cleanup

COOPERSTOWN—Volunteers are needed for the sixth annual Susquehanna River cleanup in Cooperstown on Sunday, July 29. The event will take place from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. The cleanup is organized by the Cooperstown Lions Club in partnership with the Rotary Club of Cooperstown, Rotary E-Club of Global Trekkers, the SUNY Oneonta Biological Field Station Dive Team and Otsego County Conservation Association. 

Volunteers are needed on—and in—the river, as well as onshore. Tasks include working with the dive team to pull trash out of the river and load it onto rafts and canoes or kayaks; transferring recovered material from rafts and canoes onto trailers; transporting material to the transfer station; procuring and providing refreshments; and documenting the event. Approximately 50 volunteers are needed in all. 


Share Your Stories Of
Baseball In Oneonta

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BASEBALL STORIES – 6-8 p.m. Local fans are invited to share their stories about Oneonta’s baseball history. Hosted by Bob Brzozowski and Chris Vredenburg at the Oneonta History Center, 183 Main Street, Oneonta. (607) 432-0960 or visit

PLANTING – 1-4 p.m. Join Otsego Land Trust to beautify the gardens at Brookwood Point, 6000 New York 80, Cooperstown. (607) 547.2366 or visit

Hartwick College Announces Five New Minors

Hartwick College Announces Five New Minors

ONEONTA—Hartwick College has announced the addition of five new minors to its academic programs. Students can now add a minor in game development, cybersecurity, data analysis, web design and digital marketing.

“These five new minors further Hartwick’s mission to provide engaging, relevant coursework that includes experiential learning opportunities for students,” said Dr. Laurel Bongiorno, vice president for academic affairs and dean of faculty.

Earth Fest Returns After Long Hiatus
Photo courtesy of Otsego County Conservation Association

Earth Fest Returns After Long Hiatus


Like so many events in our area, Earth Festival, an environmental event focused on recycling, conservation and sustainability, suspended its annual occurrence for several years due to the COVID emergency. Fortunately, the event sponsor, Otsego County Conservation Association, decided to hold Earth Festival for the first time since 2019. Held on Saturday, April 15 at its customary site, Milford Central School, the event drew a number of vendors and a spirited group of visitors on a beautiful day.


Learn To Paint In Water Colors

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ART CLASS – 6-8 p.m. Learn “Water Color Fundamentals” with artist Emily Falco. Registration required. Class held Mondays through June 19. Cost, $90/non-member. Held in the studio behind the Community Arts Network of Oneonta, Wilber Mansion, 11 Ford Avenue, Oneonta. (607) 432-2070 or visit

DINE FOR A CAUSE—Each Monday and Tuesday through June 6, eat out at Eighty Main and a percentage of the proceeds will go to raise awareness of and support for local non-profit Helios Care. Eighty Main, 80 Main Street, Delhi. (607) 432-6773 or visit

Herkimer College Now Offering Esports Degree

Herkimer College Now Offering Esports Degree


Herkimer College recently announced a new Associate of Applied Science degree program, esports management, to begin in the fall 2023 semester.

Esports, which involves professional or semi-professional competitive gaming in an organized format, is a billion-dollar industry and has seen tremendous growth in recent years, both in terms of viewership and revenue. As a result, the need for managers to support this industry is also projected to increase.


Pride Festival at Barnyard Swing

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FAMILY PRIDE DAY  – Noon to 3 p.m. Celebrate Pride month with a festival featuring face painting, spin art, fossil safari and much more, presented by The Barnyard Swing, 4604 State Highway 28, Milford. Visit

PLANTING – 1-4 p.m. Join Otsego Land Trust to beautify the gardens at Brookwood Point, 6000 New York State 80, Cooperstown. (607) 547-2366 or visit


Oneonta Pride Parade

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PRIDE FEST – 1:30 p.m. Celebrate Pride with the Oneonta community. Parade lines up at 1 with kick-off at 1:30 and proceeds down Main Street to Muller Plaza, where local organizations will host a block party. Visit for info.

YARD SALE DAY – All day. Cooperstown Community Yard Sale Day. Find eclectic treasures and more. Visit for info.

THIS WEEK: 06-01-23
In Memoriam Virginia L. Stocking December 2, 1922-May 17, 2023
In Memoriam

Virginia L. Stocking

December 2, 1922-May 17, 2023

SPRINGFIELD CENTER—Virginia L. Stocking, beloved wife, mother, sister, grandmother and great-grandmother, passed away on May 17, 2023 at the age of 100. 

Virginia was born in Cooperstown on December 2, 1922 to Earl and Catherine Richards. She spent most of her childhood in East Springfield and graduated from Springfield Central School in June of 1940. She married Glenn C. Stocking on April 9, 1944. Virginia and Glenn devoted their lives to each other and to their family. 

In addition to spending time with her family, Virginia enjoyed playing the organ, singing, gardening, crossword puzzles, and attending both sporting and special events for her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.   

News Briefs: June 2, 2023

News Briefs: June 2, 2023

NYCON, Scriven Extend Deadline for Mini-Grant Applications

ONEONTAThe New York Council of Nonprofits has extended the deadline for its 2023 Otsego County Mini-Grant Program to Monday, June 5. The focus of this effort is to measurably improve the governance and management of qualifying Otsego County 501c3 charitable nonprofits. Initiated in 2004, the program is made possible with underwriting from The Scriven Foundation.The Mini-Grant Program is an important resource for local nonprofits facing significant challenges or striving to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of organizational management, governance, and/or program services. “The foundation is proud to support this program as we recognize how important it is that our local nonprofits have access to high-quality advice and training as they seek to fully serve their clients and communities,” said Jane Forbes Clark, president of The Scriven Foundation. There is a total of $50,000.00 of grant funds available, with grant awards ranging from $500.00 to $2,500.00 per nonprofit applicant. Grants will be awarded competitively to qualifying nonprofits with approved project activities. It is recommended that applicants review the 2023 grant criteria before applying, at The grant application can be accessed at announcements will be made between June 1 and July 1. 

Sports Snippets: June 1, 2023

Sports Snippets: June 1, 2023

GOHS To Open Summer Baseball Display

ONEONTA—The Greater Oneonta Historical Society announced it will have a summer display of Major League Baseball players who played for Oneonta teams. “Oneonta—On the Road to Major League Baseball” will be open at the Oneonta History Center, 183 Main Street, from June 1 to September 1. Dozens of major league players passed through Oneonta teams, including the high school, Hartwick College, SUNY Oneonta, the Canadian-American League’s Oneonta Indians, the New York-Penn League’s Oneonta Red Sox, Yankees, and Tigers, and the Oneonta Outlaws of the Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League. The GOHS display will feature baseball cards of some of these players, including Frank Malzone, Don Mattingly and Curtis Granderson. It is curated by Bob Brzozowski and Chris Vredenburg. They will also host a free event at the History Center for fans to exchange stories of Oneonta’s baseball history from 6-8 p.m. on June 6. For more information, visit

Fabrizio Competes at DIII Championships

ONEONTA—Junior Isabella Fabrizio of SUNY Oneonta finished a stellar season by competing at the NCAA Division III Outdoor Track and Field Championships at St. John Fisher University on May 26. Fabrizio moved up from her seeded place to finish 21st in shot put with a throw of 12.54 meters. She was the State University of New York Athletic Conference shot put champion this season and was named to the USTFCCCA All-Region team.

Oneonta Baseball Season Ends

ONEONTA—The Oneonta High School baseball team fell to Chenango Forks in the Section IV Class B semifinal on Thursday, May 25. It was a heartbreaking end to a season in which the Yellowjackets had hoped to repeat their sectional title from last year. An eighth-inning home run put an end to the 2-1 pitchers’ duel. Chenango Forks pitcher Jack Curtis threw 11 strikeouts in the complete game, while Oneonta’s Bruce Mistler struck out three. Neither team was able to get many runners on base. Mistler, Nolan Stark, Cameron Sitts and Brady Carr made Oneonta’s only hits, all of which were singles. The graduating seniors finished an emotional rollercoaster of a career after missing their first season and a half due to the pandemic before winning a title in their junior year.

Jones Advances to Final State Golf Qualifier

COOPERSTOWN—Cooperstown Central School senior Max Jones earned a place in the final day of the Section III State Golf Qualifier with a 10-over 82 at Colgate University on Wednesday, May 24. He will face 19 other Section III golfers on May 26. The top nine will advance to the NYSPHSAA Boys Golf Championship in Elmira on June 3-5. Eighth grader Brayden Sentz just missed qualifying, shooting a 13-over 85.

Morris/Edmeston Baseball Season Ends

MORRIS—The Morris/Edmeston baseball team lost a hard-fought Class D semifinal game, 3-2, to Charlotte Valley on May 24. Kyle Ough threw eight strikeouts over four innings for M/E and batted in a run. M/E put up a strong comeback effort, scoring twice in the bottom of the seventh, but CV’s Trevor Waid earned the save with a strikeout. CV will face returning state champion Deposit-Hancock in the final game on Friday, May 26.

Registration Open for Hartwick Summer Camps

ONEONTA—Registration is still open for Hartwick College’s summer sports and environmental education day camps. Children ages 6-12 are invited to the Hartwick Nike Multi-Sport Camp, a three-day program with a variety of interactive sports-related activities. It will focus on developing a foundation of techniques and skills through drills and games. The camp is offered in full- and half-day sessions on June 4-6, 10-12, 16-18, 22-24, and 28-30. There will also be two camps at Hartwick’s Pine Lake Environmental Campus. Children ages 6-10 are eligible for a one-week day camp focused on nature-based educational and art activities on July 17-21. Young children ages 2-7 and their parents/guardians are invited to monthly two-hour morning sessions of the Parent and Me Outdoor Program on June 26, July 24 and August 14. For more information or to register, visit

Morris/Edmeston Softball Advances

MORRIS—Morris/Edmeston softball defeated Charlotte Valley 6-3 in the Section IV Class D quarterfinals on Tuesday, May 23. Hannah Wist earned the win in the circle after throwing 10 strikeouts in seven innings. Carissa Richards hit a grand slam in the seventh inning to save the game and continue the season.

Coop Softball Smashes Sauquoit

COOPERSTOWN—Cooperstown Central School softball shut out Sauquoit Valley 11-0 in round one of the Sectionals tournament on May 23. Dani Seamon threw a two-hitter with 13 strikeouts. On offense, she made two hits, batted in two runs and stole a base. Katie Crippen hit two doubles and two RBI. Sophia Hotaling hit an RBI double and stole two bases. The Hawkeyes will face six-seeded Thousand Islands in the quarterfinals on Thursday, May 25. Thousand Islands beat Mount Markham on May 23 to advance.

Weldon Qualifies for State Tournament

COOPERSTOWN—Gunter Weldon of Cooperstown qualified for the State Tennis Tournament on Tuesday, May 23 by beating Justin Barrett of Liverpool in the semifinals, Cooperstown varsity coach Amy Porter reported. The top three players from Section 3 move on to States. Weldon will play Mark Bratslavsky of Jamesville DeWitt in the finals on Thursday, May 25. Weldon defeated Quincy Stayton of Sauquoit in the round of 16 and Garrett Lounsbury of Cazenovia in the quarterfinals. Cooperstown doubles team Henry Ayers and Albert Caulier lost to Oneida in the round of 16.

Cooperstown Baseball Season Ends

COOPERSTOWN—The Hawkeyes’ baseball season came to an end with a 16-3 loss to Little Falls in Sectionals on Tuesday, May 23. Emerson Toulson led Cooperstown in the loss with one hit, one run and two RBI. Cooperstown will lose Brady Hascup, Ian Poole, Bryson Whitaker, Henry Loeffler and Ethan Kukenberger to graduation. The Hawkeyes finished the season 6-10.

Cooperstown Holds Signing Day for College Athletes

COOPERSTOWN—Cooperstown Central School recognized seven seniors for their commitment to play collegiate sports on May 19. The signing-day event honored two-time Class C soccer champions Colby Diamond and PJ Kiuber. Diamond will attend SUNY Polytechnic Institute in Utica and Kiuber will play for SUNY Broome. Dani Seamon will continue her softball and basketball careers at St. John Fisher University. Savannah Kirkby will play softball for Mohawk Valley Community College in Utica. Track star Claire Jensen, who finished third in the 400m event in the 2022 State Division II meet, will run for Williams College. Lincoln diLorenzo will be part of the diving team at Alfred University. Henry Loeffler will play football for Utica University.

Cooperstown Golf Defeats Mount Markham

COOPERSTOWN—Eighth grader Brayden Sentz earned medalist honors with a five-over 41 in Cooperstown golf’s 181-252 victory over Mount Markham on May 18. The Center State Conference South Division match was held in Clayville. The Hawkeyes moved to 9-2 for the season.

Herkimer Student Wins Golf Championship

FORT PLAIN—Herkimer College’s Evan Crouse, of Fort Plain, won the National Junior College Athletic Association Region III Men’s Golf Championship by one stroke on May 16. Crouse will compete at the NJCAA Division III Men’s and Women’s Golf Championship on June 6-9 at Jamestown Community College.

South Kortright Grad Named Cobleskill Rookie of the Year

SOUTH KORTRIGHTSUNY Cobleskill announced that baseball player Logan Firment, a South Kortright graduate, was named 2023 Male Rookie of the Year. Firment finished the season with a .297 batting average, a .377 on-base percentage, seven doubles, five home runs, five stolen bases, 24 runs and 19 RBI.

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