Otsego 2000 will receive a $12,500 grant from the Preservation League of New York for their Preserve New York grant in order to fund a Culture Resource Survey in the City of Oneonta.
This survey will be used to help maintain and determine which historic buildings in Oneonta can be renovated.
“Oneonta’s neighborhoods encompass a wonderful range of historic and architectural styles from the late 19th to the mid 20th century, the heyday of railroads,” Ellen Pope, executive director of Otsego 2000, said in a media release. “We are so grateful to the Preservation League of New York State for their support which will fund this important step toward documenting and preserving these neighborhoods and enabling homeowners to take advantage of the NYS Homeowner Historic Tax Credit program.”
Oneonta, which was settled in the 18th century, has many historical buildings within its boundaries.
A pop-up clinic by the Otsego County Department of Health will be giving COVID vaccines at the Otsego County Fair.
The vaccines will be available from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug 3. and Friday, Aug. 6.
The available vaccines will be the Pfizer and the Johnson and Johnson.
“We’re excited to be a part of the event and to offer a convenient opportunity for folks to receive their COVID vaccine,” Heidi Bond, director of public health for Otsego County, said in a media release. “We encourage fairgoers to come see us for their vaccine, ask questions and take advantage of the other public health information and resources we will have at hand.”
People who get the vaccine will be eligible for prizes including a $100 gift card to Brooks BBQ among other things.
Curtis C. Ackerman Jr, 87, of Burlington Flats, NY passed away Friday July 23, 2021 in Cooperstown, NY.
Curtis was born on June 13, 1934 in Cooperstown, NY the son of the late Curtis C. and Mable Parker Ackerman Sr.
Curtis is survived by his loving wife of 64 years Joan Snyder Ackerman of Burlington Flats, daughters Debra Ackerman of Burlington Flats, Lynn Ackerman of MA, and Susan E. Ackerman of New Hartford, a son Curtis C. Ackerman III of West Burlington and his wife Susan, grandchildren Max Horowitz, Julia Horowitz, Sara Schallert, Dan Schallert, Meagan (Matt) Blankenship, and Samuel (Emily) Curtis, a brother Fred Ackerman of FL, and a sister Elizabet (Herb) Miller of SC. Also surviving are several nieces and nephews.
SPRINGFIELD — The National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum honored five men for their contributions to the game Saturday, July 24, in a ceremony held at The Glimmerglass Festival and aired Sunday, July 25, on the MLB Network and on social media.
The Hall honored 2021 Ford C. Frick Award winner Al Michaels; 2020 Ford C. Frick Award winner Ken Harrelson; 2021 BBWAA Career Excellence Award winner Dick Kaegel; 2020 BBWAA Career Excellence Award winner Nick Cafardo; and 2020 Buck O’Neil Lifetime Achievement Award winner David Montgomery.
“Broadcasters and writers give fans a window into our national pastime,” MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred said. “They are in our homes. They teach the game to our fans.”
INDEX — Fire Department officials are reporting that there were no serious injuries despite a tour bus catching on fire south of Cooperstown on state Route 28 Saturday evening.
Dramatic eyewitness video shared on Facebook shows the bus burning from the lower back section on a stretch of Route 28 near Kevin’s Royal Auto in the town of Otsego.
Route 28 was closed from county Route 26 to county Route 11 as fire officials from Cooperstown, Fly Creek, Hartwick and more responded to the situation. The accident was cleared and 28 reopened by 6:30 p.m.
According to a Facebook post, the bus held a wedding party, which made their destination safely despite the diversion.
SUMMER SUNDAYS – 1 – 3 p.m. Learn about the patent medicine industry of the 1800s and the local family that manufactured the ‘Dimmick Kidney Cure’ with Amy Schulz and Jack Ewen. Masks required. Bring your own lawn chair. Front lawn, Swart Wilcox House Museum, Oneonta. Visit swartwilcoxhouse.wordpress.com/2021-summer-sunday-series/
GALLERY TALK – 2 p.m. Sydney Waller will discuss the art and life of local Farmer/Artist Lavern Kelley, whose painting and wood carvings are displayed in the Smithsonian and the Fenimore Art museum. Free, space limited, reservations recommended. The Art Garage, 689 Beaver Meadow Rd., Cooperstown. 607-547-5327 or visit www.facebook.com/TheArtGarageCooperstown/
According to a media release from The National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum on Friday, July 23, the annual Hall of Fame Awards Presentation will be broadcast on MLB Network at 12 p.m., Sunday, July 25, and will feature the 2020 and 2021 award winners.
Although the 2021 induction has been moved to a September date for an in-person event at The Clark Sports Center in the town of Middlefield, the Award Presentation will still take place Saturday, July 24. However, the Hall announced Friday that the show will air the next day on MLB. Normally held in Doubleday Field in Cooperstown, the Hall will only say this year’s Award Presentation will take place in a special television studio.
Al Michaels, the 2021 winner of the Ford C. Frick Award for broadcasters, and Dick Kaegel, the 2021 winner of the Baseball Writers’ Association of America’s Career Excellence Award, will be honored along with the 2020 award winners, including Frick Award winner Ken Harrelson, BBWAA Career Excellence Award winner Nick Cafardo and Buck O’Neil Lifetime Achievement Award winner David Montgomery.
The next Cliff Kachline – Cooperstown/Upstate/Central NY Society for American Baseball Research Chapter meeting will take place at 6 p.m., Sunday, July 25, at Tillapaugh’s, located at 28 Pioneer St. in Cooperstown.
Guest speakers will include; Bill Deane, Tony Morante, Pete Pagliaro and Mike Hauser.
Deane, an acclaimed baseball author, will talk about the life of chapter namesake, Cliff Kachline, who was one of the founding members of SABR in August of 1971. The winner of the 2021 Cliff Kachline Award will then be named.
Via the Greater Oneonta Historical Society, HBO has asked if anyone from Oneonta has footage of Paul Reubens, better known by his stage name of Pee Wee Herman.
Reubens attended Bugbee School in Oneonta and participated in several plays. Producer Brian Becker contacted GOHS and asked them if they could put out a wide net to find someone who had footage of Reubens from his early childhood. According to a Vanity-Fair article, his father Milton owned a Lincoln-Mercury dealership. The Reubens family moved to Sarasota, Florida when Paul was in middle school.
The following is the request from Becker:
Do you have, or know someone who might have, film from Oneonta from the 1950s or 1960s? Brian Becker (firstname.lastname@example.org) is working on archival footage for an HBO documentary on Paul Reubens (Pee Wee Herman) and is looking for general film of Oneonta, plus footage of a play titled “The Legend of Lelewala,” which was put on at Bugbee School. If you have any home movies or leads to someone who may have saved footage from all those years ago, please e-mail him at email@example.com.
SUMMER CONCERT SERIES – 7:30 p.m. Enjoy a glimpse of the musical landscape of early America in ‘George Templeton Strong and the Clarkes’ as recorded by George Templeton Strong, coupled with music by Antonín Dvořák. Cost, $20/adult. Hyde Hall, 267 Glimmerglass State Park Rd., Cooperstown. 607-547-5098 or visit hydehall.org
COOPERSTOWN — When Hanna Bergene decided to run for a village trustee position and Jim Dean
announced he would step down to make way for her, it inadvertently led to a local first: a female majority board of trustees.
Cooperstown Mayor Ellen Tillapaugh, who was first elected in 2018, and is the second female mayor of the village, Deputy Mayor Cindy Falk and trustees Bergene and Jeanne Dewey hold four of the seven votes on the local board, although with all seven members being part of the Democratic Party, there are not many political or ideological differences being debated in the village.
Instead, the four women are a majority part of Cooperstown’s expansive investments and infrastructure projects, working to shape the village for the 21st century and helping it get past the economic damage brought by the coronavirus pandemic.