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Preserve New York grant awarded to Otsego 2000

Preserve New York grant awarded to Otsego 2000

STAFF REPORT • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com

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.

 

COVID Vaccines will be offered at Otsego County Fair

COVID Vaccines will be offered at Otsego County Fair

STAFF REPORT • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com

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.

 

Michaels, Montgomery among Hall Award winners
Ken Harrelson speaks Saturday, July 24, at the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum’s Award Presentation in Springfield Center.

Michaels, Montgomery among
Hall Award winners

By GREG KLEIN • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com

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.”

HOF Awards Presentation to air on MLB Network Sunday, July 25 

HOF Awards Presentation
to air on MLB Network
Sunday, July 25 

STAFF REPORT • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com

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.

SABR meeting to take place Sunday, July 25

SABR meeting
to take place
Sunday, July 25

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.

HBO requests Paul Reubens (Pee Wee Herman) footage from his Oneonta childhood
Pee Wee Herman was known as Paul Reubens when he attended Bugbee School in Oneonta. (Vanity Fair).

HBO requests Paul Reubens
(Pee Wee Herman) footage
from his Oneonta childhood

STAFF REPORT • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com

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 (beckerfilm1@gmail.com) 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 beckerfilm1@gmail.com.

THIS WEEK — July 22, 2021

THIS WEEK’S NEWSPAPERS

The Freeman’s Journal • Hometown Oneonta

July 22, 2021

PHOTO OF THE WEEK

Flood damage in Gilbertsville on Sunday, July 18, shows the extent of the problems left behind by Saturday’s storm. (Contributed by Janice Costello.)

FRONT PAGE

Major flooding hits Butternut Valley

AllOtsego people: In Cooperstown, a female majority forms

Cooperstown & Around and City of the Hills

Inside The Paper

Susquehanna SPCA celebrates opening of new facility Saturday

Summer Music Festival to reopen with free concert August 10, at Fenimore

Student News

Model Student

It has been two years since 2017 Cherry Valley-Springfield Central School graduate Kaylie Yerdon graduated from Tompkins Cortland Community College, but her school is still advertising her success, as seen in this billboard Sunday, July 18, on state Route 13 near Dryden. Yerdon
graduated from SUNY Cortland this spring and will start working on a master’s degree in speech and language pathology at the College of Saint Rose in Albany in August. (Greg Klein/AllOTSEGO.com)

Perspectives

Editorial

Views From Around The State

COLUMNS

LIMITI: I identify as an anime character; and that’s OK with me

BERKSON: Howling at the moon to help ‘the chickens’

WAYNE MELLOR: What’s the cost of zero-carbon energy

McREYNOLDS: Our family secrets still feel haunting

History Columns

Bound Volumes: July 22, 2021

Hometown History: July 22, 2021

LETTERS

GEERTGENS: Writer explains ‘what schools should teach’

Editors Policy

SPORTS

Leonard became Milford’s pioneer wrestler, Coop legend

With induction delayed, HOF awards get Saturday spotlight

OBITUARIES

Jospeh E. Pideon

Douglas S. Fielder

John L. Smith Jr.

Louis J. Bobnick

Robert W. Bibik

Summer Dreams

Lights, Camera, Otsego County: Region prepares for its film closeup

Best Bets

Staff Dining Picks

 

AllOtsego people: In Cooperstown, a female majority forms

AllOtsego people: In Cooperstown, a female majority forms

By PHOEBE SMITH • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com

Cooperstown’s Village Board of Trustees has a majority of female members for the first time as seen in this picture from Monday, July 12. From left, are trustees Jeanne Dewey, Cindy Falk, Mayor Ellen Tillapaugh and Hanna Bergene. (Greg Klein/AllOTSEGO.com)

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.

With induction delayed, HOF awards get Saturday spotlight

With induction delayed, HOF awards get Saturday spotlight

By CHARLIE VASCELLARO • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com

While the Hall of Fame’s induction ceremony has been pushed back to Sept. 8, in order to accommodate the inclusion of fans in attendance on the lawn at the Clark Sports Center, the Hall’s annual Awards Presentation honoring baseball writers and broadcasters is scheduled for Saturday, July 24, as a television only event.

This year’s Ford C. Frick Award and Baseball Writer’s Association of America Career Excellence Award ceremony will include respective 2021 recipients, broadcaster Al Michaels and writer Dick Kaegel as well as 2020 honorees, Ken Harrelson and Nick Cafardo.

‘Do you Believe in Miracles?’
Perhaps best known for his indelible call of the 1980 U.S. Olympic hockey team’s stunning defeat of Russia in the 1980 winter Olympics, Al Michaels was already a seasoned and accomplished sports broadcaster at the time breaking into baseball with the Pacific Coast (minor) League’s Hawaii Islanders in 1968. The 45th winner of the Frick Award, Michaels assumed the lead broadcaster responsibilities for the Cincinnati Reds in 1971 and the San Francisco Giants in 1974.

Student News: July 22, 2021

Student News

July 22, 2021

Local students were among the Hartwick College graduates Saturday, May 29, including:

Kelsey Elizabeth Collins of Morris;

Ushuaia Rae Diaz of Schenevus;

Zachary Thomas French of Norwich;

Katlin Ann Hager of Otego;

Christopher D. Janitz of Mount Vision;

Shanria Denetra Jolly of Oneonta;

Brianna Lynn Schworm of Edmeston;

Stacey L. Sickler of Franklin;

Tarrah Skye Smith of Oneonta;

Hanna N. Spencer of Oneonta.

Staff Dining Picks: July 22, 2021

Staff Dining Picks

July 22, 2021

Our best bets for local dining

Larissa Ryan
Business Manager
Schneider’s Bakery
One of my favorite food shops in Cooperstown, Schneider’s, is also one of the oldest.
It’s one of those shops where if I stop in I just have to buy something. For me, that’s usually one of their chocolate croissants, which are always delicious with chocolate in the middle and light and flaky bread on the outside. However, there are also many kinds of cookies.
They also serve oatmeal, soup and coffee. Also, if you like homemade bread but don’t necessarily have the time or the skill, Schneider’s has bread (white, wheat, rye, and even pumperknickel). It’s no wonder this staple of Main Street has been around since 1887.

Schneider’s Bakery
157 Main Street
Cooperstown
607-547-9631

Lights, camera, Otsego County: Summer film shoot for ‘Bring Him Back Dead’ highlights industry’s growth in Cooperstown, Oneonta
Director Mark Savage watches over production of ‘Bring Him Back Dead’ in Middlefield on Wednesday, July 14. (Greg Klein/AllOtsego.com).

Lights, camera,
Otsego County

Summer film shoot for
‘Bring Him Back Dead’
highlights
industry’s growth
in Cooperstown, Oneonta

By KEVIN LIMITI • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com

MIDDLEFIELD — The push to bring the film industry to Otsego County produced big results in July, in large part thanks to efforts of Film COOP and scenery in the region that the filmmakers couldn’t get anywhere else.

Tucked away at a “hideout” location, the small-budget action film “Bring Him Back Dead” was shot at a Middlefield cabin last week, with the type of energy one would find from a Hollywood production
previously not seen in Otsego County; actors, actresses, film producers and directors all passing by with artistic determination in their heads.

Korey Rowe, the owner of Otsego Media, which is co-producing the movie along with Millman Productions, said in spite of bad weather, they were on schedule to complete the film this week. He said the authenticity from shooting in Middlefield and around Otsego County is greatly helping the crew.

WAYNE MELLOR: What’s the cost of zero-carbon energy

LETTER from WAYNE MELLOR

What’s the cost of zero-carbon energy

Wayne Mellor

I received several thoughtful comments from our readers concerning the last column and would like to address them.

The investment bank Lazard published the most recent Lazard’s “Levelized Cost of Energy and Storage” in late 2020. The comprehensive report includes all the costs of creating and storing a megawatt of power including land, construction, operating and maintenance.

According to the Lazard report, new, unsubsidized utility scale power sources have the following midpoint levelized costs per megawatt hour: solar $34, offshore wind $86, on-shore wind $40, nuclear $164 and combined cycle gas $59.

It is pretty easy to see that money drives political decision-making especially when deciding between new nuclear, wind and solar power. Offshore wind is relatively expensive, but unlike solar, it can occasionally generate base load power. The public is less likely to resist offshore wind, and one of the windiest places in the U.S. is off Long Island.

Summer Music Festival to reopen with free concert Aug. 10, at Fenimore

Summer Music Festival to reopen with free concert Aug. 10, at Fenimore

By PATRICK DEWEY • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com

After the cancellation of the 2020 season because of the coronavirus, the Cooperstown Summer Music Festival will be back for its 23rd season this summer.

The season kicks off Tuesday, Aug. 10, with a free concert.

“We wanted to make a giftto the community and say let’s come back and enjoy live music together after difficult times,” CSMF Artistic Director Linda Chesis said.

Best Bets: July 22, 2021

Best Bets

July 22, 2021

Baseball Hall of Fame awards,
Oneonta outdoor concert, more.

Calling all baseball fans!
Tune in for the 2021 awards ceremony live on the MLB Network. The ceremony will include the Ford C. Frick Award winner for broadcasting excellence, Al Michaels; the 2020 Frick Award winner, Ken Harrel-son; the 2021 Baseball Writers’ Association of America Career Excellence Award winner, Dick Kaegel; the 2020 BBWAA Career Excellence Award winner, Nick Cafardo; and the 2020 Buck O’Neil Lifetime Achievement Award winner, David Montgomery.
Presented by The National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum in Cooperstown on Saturday, July 24. Call 607-547-7200 or visit baseballhall.org.

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