News of Otsego County

Serving Otsego County, NY, through the combined reporting of Cooperstown's Freeman's Journal and the Hometown Oneonta newspapers.



Tops To Home-Deliver Groceries From Cooperstown Commons Store

Tops To Home-Deliver Groceries

From Cooperstown Commons Store

Tops’ Cooperstown Commons store will begin home-delivery Feb. 28

HARTWICK SEMINARY – Top Friendly Markets announced today it will be expanding its same-day-delivery Instacart service to its Cooperstown Commons’ store, beginning Feb. 28.

This expansion to 10 new supermarkets brings the overall number of Tops stores with the Instacart program to 129, making it available fo 90 percent of Tops customers.

Tops initiated same-day home-delivery service in Buffalo, Rochester and Syracuse in November 2017.



Voting Now Open For Cooperstown Chamber Hall of Fame

Voting Now Open For

Coop Chamber Hall of Fame

COOPERSTOWN — Voting is now open to decide which of the 25 finalists will be named to the Cooperstown Chamber of Commerce’s 2019 Chamber Business Hall of Fame.

Last year, the Chamber honored Brewery Ommegang, the Cooperstown Graduate Program, The Farmers’ Museum, the Susquehanna Animal Shelter (now the SPCA), and Spurbeck’s Grocery.  Voting is open to the public, and the winners will be announced in the spring.



Thrift Store Opens To Benefit Furry Friends 

Thrift Store Opens To

Benefit Furry Friends

It’s only the first day at the Super Heroes in Ripped Jeans Thrift Shop and business is already bustling. “We had people here the moment we opened!” said volunteer staff member Emily Phillips, Oneonta, seen above tagging clothing. At right, Irene Bourgeois, Oneonta, takes care of customer Barbara Moore, New Lisbon, who was going home to bring them donations. Located at 4 South Main Street in Oneonta, next to Casey’s Barber Shop, the new store offers customers gently used and new clothing, household items, antiques, collectable items, jewelry, locally made crafts, gently used pet supplies and more! They are currently open Thursday – Saturday 12-6pm. All proceeds go to support Super Heroes in Ripped Jeans, a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit pet rescue registered with the New York State Department of Agriculture who just last year helped find homes for nearly 300 animals. “If we can get some well behaved puppies, we’ll bring them into the store!” said Phillips. “We will even have a wall of pet photos behind the counter of animals that people can adopt.”(Ian Austin/

Community Bank Acquires Kinderhook Bank For $93M

Community Bank Acquires

Kinderhook Bank For $93M

Deal Signals Expansion In Capital District

Kinderhook Bank headquarters in Columbia County, south of Albany.

Community Bank System of Dewitt, which operates two dozen branches in the Otsego County area, announced yesterday it is buying Kinderhook Bank Corp. for $93.4 million in cash to “expand its presence” in the Capital District.

Kinderhook Bank, was founded in 1853, brings Community Bank 11 branches across the counties of Albany (3), Columbia (5), Fulton (1), Montgomery (2) and Rensselaer (1). It has total assets of nearly $640 million and deposits of $560 million.

Leading National Ambulance Service Is Acquiring CMT

Leading National

Ambulance Service

Is Acquiring CMT

Margaret McGown, Mark Zeek Ran

Cooperstown Company For 38 Years

Margaret McGown nad Mark Zeek of Cooperstown today sold Cooperstown Medical Transport, which they’ve been operatiing 38 years. (Jim Kevlin/

By JIM KEVLIN • Special to

The distinctive Cooperstown Medical Transport ambulances are familiar sights in Otsego, Delaware and Chenango counties.

COOPERSTOWN – Owners Margaret McGown and Mark Zeek today announced the sale of Cooperstown Medical Transport to AMR (American Medical Response), which employs 28,000 emergency medical personnel in 40 states and Washington, D.C.

An asset-purchase agreement has been signed, and the sale is expected to be complete by the end of March, pending final approval by the Susquehanna Regional EMS Council, covering Chenango County, and the Adirondack/Appalachian EMS council, which covers Otsego and Delaware counties.

In a press release, AMR said it will transition employees and customers to the new entity between now and then.

PSC To Public: If Frontier Fails, File A Complaint

PSC To Public:

If Frontier Fails,

File A Complaint

Company Spokesman: Morris Area

Telephone Failures Not Systemic

By JIM KEVLIN • Special to

MORRIS – As of day’s end yesterday, Frontier Communications customers along Route 51 in Otsego County were “not experiencing any outages,” state Public Service Commission spokesman James Denn reported in an e-mail.

However, if outages begin reoccurring, customers should alert Frontier and, “if repair is delayed or if the company is unresponsive,” they can file complaints with the PSC at 800-342-3377.

Indoor Rock Climbing Coming To Oneonta

Indoor Rock Climbing

Coming To Oneonta

A new facility opening on New Year’s Eve will soon have people of all ages climbing the walls…literally! Above, Luke Malone, facility manager of Table Rock Bouldering, demonstrates a climb this afternoon at the location at 6 Market St., Unit 9, next to The Green Earth. At right, owner Jay Shultis, below, spots Lucas as he scales the wall. The facility is currently in the final stages of completion, but the public will be able to experience the space for themselves at the Grand Opening at 4 p.m. Monday, Dec. 31, during Oneonta’s annual First Night celebration. (Ian Austin/

1st New Cooperstown Home In Years Being Constructed

1st New Cooperstown Home

In Years Being Constructed

Josh Edmonds’ Simple Integrity contractors this week began construction of a new home at 45 Delaware St., Cooperstown. It is the first single-family home built in the village in years, perhaps since Robin and Fred Schneider bought the Landmark Inn and built a home for themselves behind it. The farmhouse on the property was demolished in September 2017. (Jim Kevlin/
Cherry Branch Gallery To Close At Year’s End

Cherry Branch Gallery

To Close At Year’s End

A painting by Richard Saba and sculpture by Chris Duncan in a 2015 exhibit at the Cherry Branch Gallery.

CHERRY VALLEY – After 15 years, the Cherry Branch Gallery is closing at the end of the year, proprietor Bill Isaac announced today.

The gallery is currently exhibiting a ceramics exhibition entitled: “From the Ground Up: Clay Forms,” which continues to Dec. 2.

It will participate in the village-wide Holiday Market with a two-day, all-day open house Dec. 8-9, featuring Christmas gifts.  The Holiday Market will continue until Dec. 20, the gallery’s last business day.

“My intention in starting the gallery was to provide a venue where local artists could exhibit and market their work,” Isaac recalled.

Tops Reorganization Plan OK’d By Bankruptcy Court

Tops Reorganization Plan

OK’d By Bankruptcy Court

WILLIAMSVILLE – Tops Markets, which operates a supermarket in Cooperstown Commons, today announced that the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York has confirmed the company’s Plan of Reorganization.

Tops announced it expects to complete its restructuring and emerge from Chapter 11 shortly.

“We are pleased to receive the Court’s approval of our plan and are poised to emerge from this process an even stronger and more competitive company,” said Tops CEO Frank Curci.

Quality, Quality, Quality Will Lure Customers, Brewers Say

Quality, Quality, Quality Will

Lure Customers, Brewers Say

“The absolute best” is what local breweries must shoot for to achieve continued success, declares the Red Shed’s David Olson, right. With him are, from left, Ommegang’s Phil Leinhart, Hartwick College’s Aaron MacLeod and Council Rock’s Roger Davidson. (Jim Kevlin/

By JIM KEVLIN • Special to

Drink beer from a glass “to produce its full aromatic potential,” MacLeod tells the audience at the Louis Jones Center.

COOPERSTOWN – Asked today for “key factors to success,” four panelists from the local brewing industry spoke as one:  Quality, quality, quality and quality.

Ommegang President Campbell keynoted.

“It all starts with quality,” said Roger Davidson, Council Rock Brewery founder.  “It is fun … (but) I try to do the best I can every single day for consistent quality.”

“If quality isn’t the top of mind, you shouldn’t be a brewer,” said Ommegang’s Phil Leinhart, who has been cited in international competition as the “best in the world” of brewmasters at mid-size operations.

Aaron MacLeod, director of Hartwick College’s Center for Craft Food & Beverage, expanded that to include “the value chain” — hops, barley, malt, all the products that go into beer making.

Ribbon-Cutting Officially Opens Holiday Inn Express

Ribbon-Cutting Officially

Opens Holiday Inn Express

The ribbon-cutting was Friday afternoon on Otsego County’s newest hotel – The Rainbow Group’s Holiday Inn Express on 141 Courtyard Drive, Southside Oneonta. Cutting the ribbon, at center, are owners Zahid Chaudrhi and Bilal Amhad, and manager Ashley Camarata. Others, from left, are Assistant G.M. Kenny Bacdayan, Assistant G.M. Gianna Rodriguez, Rainbow Group Director of Operations Mark Mosconi and Regional Director of Sales Alison Crott. Others, from right, are Ed Keplinger of Keplinger Freeman Landscaping, East Syracuse; Brittany Boyke, front desk agent, and Oneonta Town Supervisor Bob Wood. The new hotel’s owner also owns the neighboring Courtyard by Marriott. With 91 rooms, the Holiday Inn is the second-largest hotel in the city, after the Courtyard, with 95. Mosconi said the new hotel is built on Holiday Inn’s Formula Blue Design, which was the prototype for the Express models. A reception, featuring East Indian cuisine, followed. (Jim Kevlin/
Posts navigation

21 Railroad Ave. Cooperstown, New York 13326 • (607) 547-6103