AUDUBON SOCIETY – 10 a.m. – Noon. Get your questions in Q&A session with the Delaware-Otsego Audubon society board members. Topics on everything from the society in general to birding to effects of lead ammunition. Presented as part of OCCA’s online Earth Festival. 607-547-4488 or visit occainfo.org/earth-festival/
PLANETARIUM – 7 p.m. Explore the universe, learn whats new in the field of astronomy in fun virtual planetarium show with the SUNY staff and Nebula society students. Free, registration on Eventbrite required. Presented by the A.J. Read Science Discovery Center, SUNY Oneonta. 607-436-2011 or visit www.eventbrite.com/o/science-discovery-center-and-planetarium-14332374215
ONEONTA – Fred Hickein wanted to make sure his heirloom muskets stayed in good hands, so the 93-year-old Oneonta resident made a major donation to the Greater Historical Society of Oneonta on Wednesday, April 21.
Read the story behind the story in the Thursday, April 29, editions of the Freeman’s Journal and Hometown Oneonta.
EARTH FESTIVAL – 1 – 7 p.m. Fun Online Events to celebrate the little blue marble floating in space that makes us all possible. Celebrate with Otsego County Conservation Association. 607-547-4488 or visit occainfo.org/earth-festival/
COOPERSTOWN – Tara Barnwell, publisher of Iron String Press, the parent company of The Freeman’s Journal, Hometown Oneonta and www.allotsego.com announced Wednesday, April 21, the formation of an Editorial Board to guide the editorial content and processes of Iron String’s print and digital publications.
The board features the return to local publishing of Elinor Vincent and Michael Moffat, former publishers of The Freeman’s Journal from 1997 to 2006. Vincent and Moffat will join Barnwell and Editor Greg Klein on the four-person board.
“We are thrilled that Lin and Michael have agreed to join us in our efforts to strengthen our publications’ relevance and connectivity to the communities we serve,” Barnwell said. “Their depth of experience, with both The Freeman’s Journal and prior publishing work, combined with their family’s long history in Otsego County, will be a great benefit to our organization as we move forward.”
VIRTUAL TOUR – 2 – 3 p.m. Join live tour of exhibit ‘Manzanar: The Wartime Photographs of Ansel Adams’ which features photographs documenting the Japanese internment camp in California in 1943. Free, suggested donation $10. Presented by The Fenimore Art Museum. 607-547-1400 or visit www.fenimoreartmuseum.org
Tara Barnwell promoted to publisher;
Greg Klein named editor;
ownership remains In local hands
COOPERSTOWN – As of Friday, April 16, Iron String Press, Inc, publisher of The Freeman’s Journal, Hometown Oneonta and www.allotsego.com is under new ownership.
Tara Barnwell, general manager of Iron String Press, becomes president and publisher and actor-writer Greg Klein becomes editor of the company’s print and digital news and entertainment sources, succeeding Jim Kevlin.
Kevlin after 15 years as editor, publisher and president of Iron String Press and its media family, has retired.
With the new ownership, Iron String Press remains the only locally owned and locally focused news and entertainment operation in Otsego County.
A full story will appear in this week’s print editions of The Freeman’s Journal and Hometown Oneonta.
WRITERS INSPIRATION – 2 p.m. Learn how writers can be inspired by art by looking closely at works to glean meaning, stories, ideas to propel your writing. Free, registration required. Presented by The Arkell Museum. 518-673-2314 ext. 113 or visit www.arkellmuseum.org/events-calendar
ONEONTA – Caroline V. Bailey, 92, went to be with our Lord Jesus Christ on April 17, 2021, she passed peacefully at home.
She was born November 21, 1928 in Oneonta, the daughter of Charles and Myrtle (Saunders) Vroman.
Caroline graduated from Oneonta High School.
Caroline married Calvert I. Bailey on October 10, 1964 in Oneonta.
She at one time worked for NY Telephone Co. as an operator, was an Administrative Assistant for Dr. Flanders and Dr. Dietz office in Oneonta, and she also sold real estate. She then worked with her husband at Bailey’s Appraisal Service in Oneonta.
She was a member of the Elm Park United Methodist Church, Oneonta and the Oneonta Chapter NSDAR. Most important to her was her family. She dedicated her life to her husband and children. She deeply loved her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
COMMUNITY CONCERT – 3 p.m. Oneonta Community Band presents live streamed performance of works looking back on the pandemic year. Includes spirituals, ‘Sea Songs’, Amazing Grace, and the performers favorite Souza Marches. Performance is free, open to public. Performed from the stage of The Foothills Performing Arts Center. 607-432-7085 or visit the facebook group www.facebook.com/groups/169533834979
ONEONTA – Albert L. Colone was born on July 8, 1944, and passed away on April 13, 2021, and is under the care of Lester R. Grummons Funeral Home.
The founding president of the National Soccer Hall of Fame in Oneonta, Colone was in the middle of a two-part column for the Iron String Press media outlets about the immigrant experience as seen through the story of his grandparents, Frank and Lucia (Valentini) Colone.
A more detailed obituary will appear in next week’s papers.
STORY TIME – 10:30 a.m. Join beloved childrens book author Jan Brett for reading of her latest book ‘Cozy,’ a New York Times Best Seller. She will present a behind the scenes of the making of the book and answer fan questions. Cost, $10/non-member. Presented online by The Fenimore Art Museum. 607-547-1400 or visit www.fenimoreartmuseum.org
COOPERSTOWN – Tim Mead, President of the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, has announced that he will be resigning, effective around mid-May.
Mead, who said his whole career has been motivated by “love of baseball,” had been commuting back and forth to his family in California. “Try as I might, even with the unwavering support of my family, these last 22 months have been challenging in maintaining my responsibilities to them.”
Jane Forbes Clark, Hall of Fame chairman, accepted Mead’s resignation with regret.