News of Otsego County


HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO: Tour Folk Art With Fenimore Art Museum 01-25-2022

Tour Folk Art With
Fenimore Art Museum


VIRTUAL TOUR – 2 – 3 p.m. Join live tour of exhibit ‘Highlights of American Folk Art’ with Kevin Gray, Manager of Arts Education, answering questions about the portraits, carvings and traditional crafts on display. Free, suggested donation $10. Presented by The Fenimore Art Museum. 607-547-1400 or visit

COVID update for January 24

COVID update for January 24

The latest information from the Otsego County Health Department shows:

57 new cases

6  hospitalized

0  new deaths reported

14.6 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.

HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO: Mammals of New York State 01-24-2022

Mammals of New York State


NYS MAMMALS – 6:30 p.m. Youth are invited to learn about the different mammals that live around us in NY State. Open to 4-H members, Leaders, other key volunteers, any youth who wants to learn. Free, registration for online program required. Presented by Cornell Cooperative Extension. 607-547-2536 or visit

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

Frozen Toe Trail Run
With Clark Sports Center


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

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

Nature Photographer Presents
on Story of Bird Conservation


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

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.

THIS WEEK 1-20-22
Letter: Complicated Game

Letter: Complicated Game

I coached high school boys and girls crew. NCAA rules allow an adult male athlete to compete as a “hormonal female” after only one year of testosterone-lowering therapy. This may lower their times by 5 to 10 percent.

So a mediocre male athlete can beat many elite female athletes if their 95 percent times are better than the times of their biological female competitors. A mediocre male athlete can more easily medal as a “hormonal female.” They can game the NCAA rules to do this, then switch back to being “hormonal males.”

Springbrook boosts salaries, incentives, wage access

Springbrook boosts salaries, incentives, wage access

Springbrook – Otsego County’s third-largest employer with more than 1,200 workers – announced today it will give a $4,160 base wage increase to all current employees and offer COVID-related incentive payment of up to $1,500 for current employees and new hires.

The organization provides at-home care, residential and educational services, day services, and clinical, therapeutic, and behavioral support to more than 1,100 people with intellectual and developmental disabilities from across New York State. Springbrook CEO Patricia Kennedy praised the staff’s strength and dedication to their work.

“As a non-profit, Springbrook relies on funding from the state and has endeavored to make every available dollar work for our employees,” she said.

Police, advocates, hotels partner for emergency housing

Police, advocates, hotels partner for emergency housing

Motel 88 in Oneonta does not have a happy history.

Formerly known as the Oasis Motor Inn, the lodging saw drug busts and suicides, and carried a local reputation for a generally seedy atmosphere.

To add to its unhappiness, a fire broke out last week, and it remains under investigation.

But according to the Oneonta Police Department, the criminal element at Motel 88, and other motels like it, is related to the temporary housing they provide.

In Memoriam Alan B. Sheldon, 78 October 14, 1943 – January 17, 2022

In Memoriam

Alan B. Sheldon, 78

October 14, 1943 – January 17, 2022

Alan B. Sheldon

EDMESTON – Alan B Sheldon, 78, of Edmeston, passed away Monday January 17, 2022 in New Berlin.

Alan was born on October 14, 1943 in Oneonta the son of the late Howard and Evelene Field Sheldon. In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his wife of 53 years Kathleen in June 2021.

He is survived by his daughters Caprice (Paul) Eckert of Edmeston, Monica (Brandon) Clark of Edmeston, sisters Connie Gallagher of Johnson City TN, Rebecca Flannery of Harpursville, NY, grandchildren Mallory, Rachel, Tatum, Braymon, great grandchild Lacie-Ann, and many nieces and nephews.

HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO: Audition for Choral Society Spring Concert 01-20-2022

Audition for Choral
Society Spring Concert


AUDITIONS – 5 – 7 p.m. The Singers with some prior choral experience or talented high school or college students are invited to audition for the Catskill Choral Society’s spring concert of the Mozart Requiem. By appointment only. Full vaccination, booster, and masks are required. Rehearsals held Thursdays 7 – 9 p.m. UUSO’s Chapin Chapel, 12 Ford Ave., Oneonta. 607-435-7008 or visit

Cooperstown Thespians to perform ‘The Phantom Tollbooth Jr.’ this weekend

Cooperstown Thespians to perform ‘The Phantom Tollbooth Jr.’ this weekend

The Cooperstown Central School Thespians hit the stage this weekend for “The Phantom Tollbooth Jr.” – this year’s Junior High School Musical.

Performances take place Friday, January 21 at 7 p.m., Saturday, January 22 at 7 p.m., and Sunday, January 23 at 2 p.m. in Cooperstown High School’s N.J. Sterling Auditorium.

COVID restrictions require patrons to reserve tickets in advance to be guaranteed a seat; protocol requires all audience members to wear masks and sit by family units. Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for students, $25 for families, and free for in-district senior citizens.

Reserve tickets at

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