News of Otsego County


Friday Sports Roundup: Unatego girls stay undefeated; Coop wins first football game
Lansing’s Carlos Hernandez-Rivera slide tackles the ball away from Oneonta’s Finley Oliver in the first half of Friday’s game. (Cheryl Clough).

Friday Sports Roundup:
Unatego girls stay undefeated;
Coop wins first football game

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Lilyanna Barnes scored twice as Unatego stayed undefeated in girls soccer with a 4-1 Midstate Athletic Conference win at Sidney on Friday, Sept. 17.

Kylie Mussaw had a goal and an assist, Anabel Rommer scored and Bailey McCoy had two assists and Elizabeth Craft had one assist for the Spartans.

Emma Simmons scored Sidney’s goal on a PK.

More results below.

Coop boys beat Poland, 4-1, to stay undefeated
Cooperstown junior striker Wyatt Montana jostles with a Poland defender during the Hawkeyes 4-1 home win Friday. (Greg Klein/

Coop boys beat Poland,
4-1, to stay undefeated

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Liam Spencer had a goal and an assist as Cooperstown stayed undefeated in boys soccer with a 4-1 win over visiting Poland in a Center State Conference match Friday, Sept. 17.

“It was a great game,” Cooperstown Coach Frank Miosek said. “We did a lot of good things out there today.”

Although the Hawkeyes outshot the Tornadoes 26-6 and had an 8-1 advantage in corners, the game stayed close for the first 60 minutes Friday.

Spencer scored the opening goal 22:35 into the game after dribbling through traffic at the 18.

It was 40 minutes later when Spencer made a cross that Luca Gardner-Olesen finished for a 2-0 lead.

HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO: Autumn Festivals 09-18-21

Autumn Festivals


HARVEST CELEBRATION – 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Celebrate the harvest season in 1800s style. walk around the historic village, learn from the historic interpreters and enjoy the activities fall activities from wagon rides, to corn shelling/grinding, and tinsmithing with the blacksmith, and more. Included with admission. The Farmers’ Museum, Cooperstown. 607-547-1450 or visit

GARLIC FESTIVAL – 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. The Susquehanna Valley Garlic Festival returns with local growers selling many varieties of garlic for eating or planting. Will also include music, food, and other garlic related vendors. Free, donations appreciated. Wood Bull Antiques, 3920 Co. Hwy. 28, Milford. Visit

CRAFT FESTIVAL – 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Crafters from near and far come to show and sell their handmade items. Event takes the place of the June Friendship Craft Festival which was cancelled these past 2 years. There will be food available on site from the Richfield Youth Sports. Event is coordinated by the Women’s Guild of the Church of Christ Uniting. Held at The Cullen Pumpkin Farm, 587 Cullen Rd., Richfield Springs. 315-858-1451 or visit

Richard Frederick Smith August 21, 1943 – September 13, 2021
Richard Frederick Smith

In Memoriam

Richard Frederick Smith

August 21, 1943 – September 13, 2021

OAKSVILLE – Richard Frederick Smith, Jr., a life-long area resident and long-time employee of Remington Arms, passed away following a lengthy illness Monday afternoon, September 13, 2021, at Bassett Medical Center in Cooperstown. He was 78.

Born August 21, 1943, at Mary Imogene Bassett Hospital in Cooperstown, he was one of four children of Richard Frederick Smith, Sr. and Dorothy Arlene Roseboom Smith. He attended Cooperstown schools and was a member of the Cooperstown High School Class of 1961.

On March 17, 1962, Dick married Patricia Ann Edwards in a ceremony at the Cooperstown Methodist Church, and they went on to enjoy a total of 60 wonderful years together.

Following in the footsteps of his grandfather and father, Dick proudly served his country with the United States Army from 1962 until 1968. Upon receiving his honorable discharge from the military, he returned to the Cooperstown area, and was employed for 34 years with Remington Arms in Ilion, first as a forend sander and then as an inspector.

COVID Update: One new death reported in Otsego County

COVID Update
One new death reported in Otsego County

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One new death has been reported in Otsego County, according to the Otsego County Department of Health (DOH).

As of Friday, Sept. 17, there are a total of 166 active cases with 13 reported today.

The DOH encourages those who haven’t been vaccinated yet to get vaccinated as it is the most effective way to combat the COVID virus.


The AllOtsego Report, Ep. 16: The 9/11 edition

The AllOtsego Report, Ep. 16:
The 9/11 edition

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In a very special episode of The AllOtsego Report, Greg and Kevin break format to discuss last week’s 20th anniversary of 9/11 memorials and their feelings about the event. Both men were living in the New York City suburbs at the time and both know people who were in the towers, who had/have PTSD from the experience or have gotten sick and/or died from 9/11 syndrome. Several people in Kevin’s world also died that day or soon after from the attack or the aftermath.

Trigger warning: We discuss the events of 9/11 and its aftermath in a way that might cause stress for other people directly affected by the terrorist attack. And some of our opinions may offend, too, but we make no apologies for that because we are testifying about our experiences that day and our feelings about where it has taken our county in the past 20 years since that awful day.
Prayers, love and respect to the first responders and victims (and their families) that day and to everyone who volunteers or works to help people in emergency situations.

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Thursday Sports Roundup: Oneonta gets wins in boys soccer, volleyball
Milford’s Julia Barown runs with Morris’s Hannah Wist as she advances the ball up the field Thursday, Sept. 16. (Cheryl Clough).

Thursday Sports Roundup:
Oneonta gets wins
in boys soccer, volleyball

STAFF REPORT • Special to

The Yellowjackets had a good day in Southern Tier Athletic Conference play Thursday, Sept. 16, beating Chenango Valley in four sets in volleyball and blanking Windsor in boys soccer, 4-0.

In Binghamton, Oneonta lost the first set, 20-25, but then swept the next three, 25-15, 25-16, 25-23.

Emily Lobb had 18 kills, 10 digs and for aces to lead Oneonta, which also got eight kills, 17 digs and one block from Haley Utter, 17 assists from Madie Denning and seven kills and five blocks from Bella Gracias.

Saniah Reeves five aces  and five kills for CV, while Cicero Bianco had nine digs and Priscilla Soule had nine assists.

In Oneonta, Finley Oliver scored twice and Zeshaan Khan scored the other goal as Oneonta beat visiting Windsor, 3-0, at Wright National Soccer Campus.

Matthew Rubin and Evan Gould each had assists for the Jackets.

More sports below.

Otsego County reports new COVID death

Otsego County reports
new COVID death

STAFF REPORT • Special to

Otsego County’s Department of Health reported Thursday, Sept. 16, that another county resident has died of the coronavirus.

The death brings Otsego’s total number of COVID deaths to 67, and 48 in 2021.

In addition, 20 new positive cases were reported Thursday, bringing the current number of positive cases to 173. According to county figures, there are about 200 cases per 100,000 people and a 5.5% positivity rate, meaning Otsego is considered to be at a high level of community transmission.

HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO: Benefits to support local Church’s 09-17-21

Benefits to support local Church’s


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 with name, number, quantity.

RUMMAGE & BOOK SALE – 9 a.m. – Noon. Bring your own bag and fill it up with whatever you find for $2. First United Methodist Church, 66 Chestnut St., Oneonta. 607-432-4102 or visit

The Old Badger: The badger takes flight with the aviators

The Old Badger
The badger takes flight with the aviators

First published in The Freeman’s Journal on Aug. 16, 1978.

TonyYackey – that’s not a name that falls easily from one’s lips. However, it is a name that fell frequently from the lips of Cooperstown residents during the summer of 1919.

Lt. Tony Yackey was a decorated aviator, an honored veteran of the air war in France and one of the convalescents at the Army Hospital here. Tony was from Detroit and Tony was tough. He was brash, adventurous and “called ’em as he saw ’em.” His speech had not yet been refined.

Staff Picks Our best bets for local fall activities 9-16-2021

Staff Picks
Our best bets for local fall activities

Larissa Ryan
Office Manager
Draping the Pews Quilt Show

Sometimes, I just want to slow down and focus on the little things. For me that means knitting or reading or playing computer games.

A craft I’ve been considering adding to the list is quilting. It is a beautiful pastime with a huge amount of applications, including the classic blanket, purses, wallets, window coverings and so much more.

This past weekend I stopped by the “Draping the Pews” quilt show by the Fly Creek Quilters at the Fly Creek Methodist Church to see what they’d been working on this past year and found myself in a church awash with color.

Dog Charmer by Tom Shelby: Dog is depressed over death of companion

Dog Charmer by Tom Shelby
Dog is depressed over death of companion

Dear Tom,

We have two goldens, Chloe, 6, and Bonnie, 14½. They have been together since Chloe was a puppy.
Sadly, Bonnie died suddenly this past Wednesday. Along with our anguish and moping about, Chloe seems to have picked it up also. She seems very flat.

Is this normal? Can you suggest anything we can do or just wait it out?

Appreciate your comments,


Life Sketches by Terry Berkson: An egg layer with a taste for egg eating

Life Sketches by Terry Berkson
An egg layer with a taste for egg eating

I have a problem with at least one of my chickens. She’s been eating eggs out of the laying boxes. It’s hard to determine which one is the culprit, but if left unchecked, the habit will be contagious. Egg eaters are aggravating. I’ve already consulted local experts, Vaughn and McNulty, who told me the problem is likely because of a calcium deficiency. “If you don’t have oyster shells,” Vaughn said, “you could give them some Tums which are loaded with calcium.” After taking a Tums myself, I broke up the rest of the roll and mixed it in the feed.

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