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The Dog Charmer: May 6, 2021

The Dog Charmer

How To (Leash) Train Your Yorkie

Tom Shelby,
The Dog Charmer
Cooperstown author answers pet owners questions on training their dogs. E-mail your questions to dogsrshelby@msn.com

Dear Tom,

I have a lovely Yorkie that I was given three years ago. She is a great dog. She’s affectionate, athletic, cuddly, curious, smart. There is, however, one little issue that drives me crazy and, angry at times.

We take several walks a day and we live in town so she must be on a leash. When I get myself all suited up for the walk, she gets excited about going out, following me around as I don hat, gloves, mask, etc. But when it is time to put the leash on her, she backs off and doesn’t let me get close enough to her to attach the leash. It takes a while and she just keeps backing up, just out of my reach. I will say, “do you want to go for a walk? You know we have to do the leash, etc.” I have even taken off my things, thinking, maybe she’ll get the message that we don’t go for a walk until she is on the leash. Then she will follow me and eventually I will get the (damn!) thing on her and off we go.

Hughes Field opens: Coop tops Jackets on rally in seventh

Hughes Field opens: Coop
tops Jackets on rally in seventh

Oneonta gets two STAC wins; Hawkeyes top Norwich at Doubleday Field

By GREG KLEIN • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com

The ball gets away from Oneonta shortstop Aidan Breakey as Cooperstown’s Brady Hascup slides into second during the Hawkeyes’ 11-9 win Saturday, May 1, at Joe Hughes Field at Oneonta High School. The Yellowjackets led Cooperstown, 8-4, going into the final inning. Oneonta opened the season and the field, which was named in honor of the team’s longtime coach, with a win over Norwich on Saturday.

Cooperstown scored seven runs in the seventh inning to stage a comeback against the host Yellowjackets at Joe Hughes Field, 11-9, on Saturday, May 1.

The rally marked the best action for the two teams opening weekend as the two powerhouse programs in the region both beat Norwich, and Oneonta also topped rival Seton Catholic, 9-3, to start the season 2-0 and 2-1, respectively.

The opening of Joe Hughes Field was scheduled for 2019, but with three games in three days this weekend, it was a nice weekend for Oneonta’s baseball coach of more than three decades, he said.

“It was good to get out there and play, finally,” Hughes said following the Jackets’ second game Saturday.

Still, the Class B Jackets losing to the Class C Hawkeyes stung, he said.

“We had an 8-3 lead in the late innings,” Hughes said “They had a good comeback, but when you score nine runs, you are supposed to win.”

Oneonta hopes Dietz Street project will help downtown

Oneonta hopes Dietz Street
project will help downtown

By KEVIN LIMITI • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com

After years of planning, as part of a downtown revitalization initiative, community leaders broke ground at the site of the Dietz Street loft project Friday April 30, in Oneonta, with the hope of revitalizing and bringing “greater vibrancy” to the city’s downtown.

From left, Hartwick College President Margaret Drugovich, Mayor Gary Herzig, Senator Pete Oberacker, Deputy director of Mohawk Valley Regional office Allison Novak, Regional Representative for Gov. Andrew Cuomo Samantha Madison and Upstate
East Director of Development Darren Scott, celebrate the official groundbreaking of
the Lofts on Dietz in Oneonta on Friday, April 30.

Oneonta Mayor Gary Herzig, state Sen. Peter Oberacker, R-Maryland, Hartwick College President Margaret Drugovich, Empire State Development Deputy Director Allison Nowack and other community and business leaders attended the ceremony and lifted ceremonial shovels for the groundbreaking.
These lofts, which began development in April, will bring more people to the downtown area, Herzig said.

The four story building would include artist lofts, 24 middle-income, two-bedroom apartments and units for people with disabilities.

Art show to feature work of Miller siblings

Art show to feature work
of Miller siblings

By KEVIN LIMITI • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com

Miss Dory, gouache on panel, by Sophie Miller

Art can be appreciated by anyone, but for the Miller family, it is a family affair.

Three 20-something siblings are showcasing their artwork all month at The Art Garage at 689 Beaver Road in the town of Middlefield.

Julien Miller, 26, Sophie Miller, 23, and Ginger Miller, 21, are all artists with BFAs and are displaying their work.

Local Food Finds Its Customers

Despite Pandemic Problems:

Local Food Finds Its Customers

By KEVIN LIMITI • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com

Beth Redd, a volunteer with the Cooperstown Farmers Market, helps a customer with their purchase.

The worst pandemic in a century has impacted the daily lives of everybody including farmers markets, which are a staple of the community in Otsego County.

However, some farmers markets, such as the Cooperstown Farmers Market and Richfield Spring Farmers Market, have turned that misfortune into an advantage by implementing new ways of doing business, market officials said.

With increased interest in customers buying local, farmers markets and their vendors have put in place safety regulations and have adapted to the new reality of social distancing by abiding to USDA regulations during the age of COVID.

In order to limit exposure, the Cooperstown Farmers Market, which is operated by Otsego 2000, has established a curbside pickup where customers can order food on their website between 5 p.m. Mondays and 2 p.m. Wednesdays and pick up the order on Saturdays.

Product offerings will be updated every Monday on the website.

HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO: Author Series Discusses Life Lessons From The Say Hey Kid 05-06-21
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for THURSDAY, MAY 6

Author Series Discusses Life

Lessons From The Say Hey Kid

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AUTHOR SERIES – Noon. Celebrate the 90th birthday of Hall of Famer, Willie Mays. Author John Shea will be discussing his book ‘24: Life Stories and Lessons from the Say Hey Kid’ in which Mays shares his stories of triumphing over adversity with integrity. Free, registration required. Presented by Baseball Hall of Fame. 607-547-7200 or visit baseballhall.org/events/virtual-author-series-john-shea?date=0

CLICK HERE FOR THE LIST OF CANCELLED EVENTS
Richfield Springs CSD goes on remote learning after COVID positives

Richfield Springs CSD goes on remote learning after five COVID positives

STAFF REPORT • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com

The Richfield Springs Central School District announced Monday, May 3, that it has been notified by the Otsego County Department of Health that there are five confirmed positive COVID-19 cases in the district. The cases are in the elementary and secondary levels, as well as in the transportation department.

The district went to its virtual instruction schedule on Tuesday, May 4, and will stay remote through Monday, May 10, including those students that have been attending virtually all year.

Coop track teams open season with wins

Coop boys, girls
open track season
with big wins

STAFF REPORT • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com

Cooperstown opened the track season with two strong victories over Oriskany at Cooperstown Central School on Tuesday, May 4.

 

The Cooperstown boys swept first place finishes in all 13 events contested, winning 92-10.

The Cooperstown girls won 11 of 14 events, for a team win, 87-23.

Laurens woman pleads guilty to sex with a minor boy

Laurens woman
pleads guilty to sex
with a minor boy

Shelly Ann Young, right, pleaded guilty Monday, May, 3, in Otsego County Court. to second degree rape for having sex with a boy under the age of 15.

By GREG KLEIN • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com

COOPERSTOWN — A Laurens woman pleaded guilty Monday, May 3, in Otsego County Court to having sex with a boy younger than 15.

Shelly Ann Young, 37, accepted a plea deal after being charged with second-degree rape and first-degree dissemination of indecent material to a minor, for an incident that happened in January of 2020.

Young was in court Monday to agree to a deal that will send her to jail on a split sentence, serving 180 days on weekends, from 6 p.m. Fridays to 6 a.m. Mondays, according to Otsego County Judge John Lambert.

“Honestly, it happened fast,” Young said Monday, “and it was a mistake.”

Young said she thought her victim was 16, “but it still don’t make a difference.”

As part of her plea, Young will waive the right to appeal most aspects of her case and must pay fees and surcharges of several thousand dollars.

Lambert renewed an order of protection for the victim and ordered the district attorney to request a victim impact statement from him.

Young will officially be sentenced at 10:30 a.m., Monday, May 24, in Lambert’s court in Cooperstown.

Alomar resigns from Hall of Fame Board of Directors

Alomar resigns from
Hall of Fame Board of Directors

COOPERSTOWN — Jane Forbes Clark, chair of the Board of the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, announced that the Board of Directors met Monday, May 3, and have accepted Roberto Alomar’s resignation as a member of the Board.

Alomar, who submitted a letter of resignation to the Hall of Fame’s Board of Directors on Saturday, May 1, had been elected to the Board in July 2019.

Alomar, a 2011 National Baseball Hall of Fame inductee, was put on Major League Baseball’s ineligible list based on the results of a sexual misconduct investigation stemming from a 2014 incident, the league announced Friday, April 30.

According to the media release from the Hall on Monday, “Alomar’s plaque will remain on display in the Hall of Fame in recognition of his accomplishments in the game, as his enshrinement reflects his eligibility and the perspective of the BBWAA voters at that time. When he was elected to the Hall of Fame by the Baseball Writers’ Association of America in the Class of 2011, he was an eligible candidate in good standing.”

 

Sherburne man gets three years for sexual assault of minor

Sherburne man gets
three years for
sexual assault of minor

Thomas Figger, right, stands for sentencing Monday, 3, in Otsego County Court in Cooperstown. He received a sentence of three years in state prison for a charge of a third degree sexual act with a minor.

By GREG KLEIN • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com

COOPERSTOWN — A Sherburne man, Thomas Figger, was sentenced to three years in state prison Monday, May 3, on a charge of third degree sexual act with a minor under the age of 15, a class E felony.

Figger appeared in Judge John Lambert’s court Monday to receive his sentence and report to prison.

Figger pleaded guilty March 22, for an incident that occurred Nov. 13, 2019, in the town of Pittsfield. As part of his plea, similar charges in Madison County were dropped.

Figger was 29 and the victim was 14 when the incident occurred; he had previously testified that he did not know the age of the girl, who he admitted performed oral sex on him.

Figger waived his right to appeal most aspects of the case as part of his plea. He will have to pay fees and fines, register as a sex offender and for the DNA databank and be supervised for 10 years following his release from prison.

Figger previously testified that his relationship with the minor girl was consensual. However, Lambert told him it was his obligation to know the age of his sexual partners and to make sure he was not with an underage partner.

Lambert ruled that an order of protection for the victim be in effect for eight years upon Figger’s release from jail and ordered Figger to continue to have no contract with her.

Callahan pleads guilty to lesser charge in 2000 death of wife

 

Casey Callahan was sentenced to four to 12 years in prison Monday, May 3, in Otsego County Court in Cooperstown. Callahan pleaded guilty to manslaughter in the death of his wife, Elizabeth. His previously conviction for second degree murder was overturned by the Appellate court.

Callahan pleads guilty
to lesser charge
in 2000 death of wife

By GREG KLEIN • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com

COOPERSTOWN – Casey Callahan pleaded guilty to manslaughter in the second degree Monday, May 3, in Otsego County Court, ending, for the second time, the criminal proceeding concerning the 2000 death of Callahan’s wife Elizabeth Welsh Callahan.

Callahan, 54, admitted Monday that he backed over his wife with his truck in Sayre, Pennsylvania in 2000, killing her. He told Judge John Lambert, “I intended to cause the death of Elizabeth Callahan and I did so with my actions. I am sorry that it happened. I apologize to her and her family.”

Callahan will serve four to 12 years in state prison, but the term is consecutive, or in addition, to 12.5 year sentence he is currently serving in a state facility for a 2013 sexual assault of a minor.

Callahan had previously been convicted of second degree murder in his wife’s death.

However, in August, the third division of the Appellate Court overruled the decision, saying a piece of testimony against Callahan was inadmissible. District Attorney John Muehl said Monday that the piece of evidence was not objected to by Callahan’s two attorneys at the time, both of whom were experienced, qualified defense attorneys.

Muehl said he thought he could retry Callahan on the second degree murder charge and get another conviction, but the Welsh family does not want to go through another trial.

“It is a sad day, I believe, for the criminal justice division in the state of New York,” Muehl said. “It is a sad day for Elizabeth Callahan’s family. Maybe I will send this allocution to the Appellate Division.”

As part of the plea, Callahan waived his right to appeal the sentence and most aspects of Monday’s hearing, except when allowed by state law. Lambert said his next felony conviction will qualify him as a repeat offender.

Hundreds attend rally to support Otsego’s AAPI community

Hundreds attend rally
to support Otsego’s AAPI community

COOPERSTOWN – About 250 people attended a rally Sunday, May 2, at the Otsego County Courthouse, to support the community’s Asian American and Pacific Island residents.

The event was organized and run by a group of Cooperstown Central School freshmen, including 15-year-old Cate Bohler.

Speakers included the students, as well as local officials, including Cooperstown Mayor Ellen Tillapaugh, Cooperstown Police Chief Frank Cavalieri, Otsego Town Supervisor Meg Kiernan and Otsego County Rep. Danny Lapin, D-Oneonta, who said he thinks he is the county’s only elected official of Asian descent. Lapin’s mom is Japanese.

May is Asian American and Pacific Island Heritage month.

For more on the event, see this week’s editions of The Freeman’s Journal and Hometown Oneonta.

Despite rains that began about the same time and the event and continued throughout, about 250 people attended a rally Sunday, May, 2, at the Otsego County Courthouse in Cooperstown, to show solidarity with the area Asian American and Pacific Island community, and protest hate crimes against them. (Greg Klein/AllOtsego.com.)
Coop 7th inning rally tops Oneonta, 11-9
Opening day

Coop 7th inning rally tops Oneonta, 11-9

Yellowjackets win earlier game vs rival Norwich

Oneonta’s Tanner Russin slides safely into second with a double as Cooperstown second baseman Chris Ubner tries to field an errant throw from the outfield. (Cheryl Clough).

By Greg Klein • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com

ONEONTA – Cooperstown scored seven runs in the seventh inning to stage a comeback against the host Yellowjackets at Joe Hughes Field, 11-9, on Saturday, May 1.

The Hawkeyes trailed Oneonta, 8-4, going into the seventh, but Oneonta’s pitching staff was weakened in its 14th inning of the day and Cooperstown took advantage. Alex Poulson scored the go-ahead run on Alex Hascup’s single through the hole at short, off of senior reliever Tanner Russin.

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