TASK FORCE CHAIRMAN SAYS:
COOPERSTOWN – County Emergency Task Force chairman Allen Ruffles today said he has been assured by Marty Patton, owner of Cooperstown All-Star Village in West Oneonta, that there are no plans to cancel the summer season, at least for now.
All-Star Village – as well at Coopertown Dreams Park in Hartwick Seminary, which Friday announced it is cancelling it 2020 season – together fuel the county’s youth-baseball camp sector, which together inject millions of dollars annually into the local economy.
COOPERSTOWN’S GERRY WELCH
By JIM KEVLIN • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com
COOPERSTOWN – Local inventor Gerry Welch believes he may have an answer to the face-mask shortage the nation is facing as it battles the Coronavirus threat.
For several years now, Welch has been promoting the “Aegis 12,” which the publicity describes as a “Healthcare Face Mask with Fail-Safe Power Pack.”
The device is two face masks with a silver foil layer in between, attached to a power pack that may be placed in a breast pocket or hung around the user’s neck.
COOPERSTOWN – Atty. Ryan Miosek had dinner delivered last night to the entire Bassett Hospital staff on all floors, in thanks to the service they’ve been providing since the Coronavirus State of Emergency was declared (just a week ago!)
“It was supposed to be something he did quietly,” said his dad, retired CCS math teacher and coach Frank Miosek, “but it got out on social media.”
Miosek, 41, who has law offices at 29 Pioneeer St., couldn’t immediately be reached. He provided the takeout from New York Pizzeria and Bocca Osteria, both in Cooperstown.
New Vote April 28, Same Day
As Demo Presidential Primary
Governor Cuomo early this evening delayed all village elections in New York State until April 28, the same day as the statewide Democratic Presidential Primary.
“Delaying village elections will help ensure poll workers and voters are not potentially exposed to the virus and at the same time maintain integrity in our election system,” Cuomo said.
Many such races are uncontested, but in the Village of Cooperstown, three candidates – MacGuire Benson, Joe Membrino and Mary Margaret Robbins Sohns – were vying to fill two seats this Wednesday, March 18.
COOPERSTOWN – County Treasurer Allen Ruffles has been appointed to chair the task force that county board Chairman Dave Bliss convened this morning to implement the response to the coronavirus threat.
The task force identified the following components that need to be addressed:
- Employee safety in the field – meeting state mandates and best practices. Limiting exposure at work
- Potential changes to work schedules and related labor issues
- Procurement of material necessary to allow for work to go on
- Information – establish a process to disburse information to the public in a clear and meaningful fashion
- Financial issues and planning
- Public Health – How to establish best practices and carry out the work necessary to keep the public safe and well informed
- Public Safety
COOPERSTOWN – CCS Superintendent of Schools Bill Crankshaw said he’s recommending Elementary Principal Anne Meccariello for a promotion to return stability to the high school.
“Anne’s been with the district 23 years,” said Crankshaw. “And she’s been in education for 28. Anne has a real sense of loyalty to the district. We are in need of consistency at the high school.”
The superintendent made the recommendation to the school board’s Personnel Committee after receiving High School Principal Kristin Butler’s resignation in February, effective July 1, after less than a year on the job.
ONEONTA – Hartwick College President Margaret L. Drugovich was elected vice chair of the Commission on Independent Colleges and Universities at the latest CICU board meeting, where a new board chair and seven trustees were also selected.
Drugovich takes over after serving as CICU treasurer and chair of its Finance and Administrative Committee. She succeeds Adelphi University President Dr. Chris Riordan, who was named chair.
As vice chair, Drugovich is a member of the executive committee, and works with the chair to provide oversight, guidance and policy direction to organization, which serves as the collective voice for private, not-for-profit higher education in New York State.
Above, members of Eight is Eneuf sing “Prayer for Peace”, written by Robin Eletsky, Milford, in it’s first public performance at Temple Beth El in Oneonta this afternoon during the Music From Around The World concert to celebrate our shared humanity. Musical guests included Rabbi George Hirschfeld, Ana Laura Gonzalez, Stan Fox and Andy Puritz. Among the audience was Maciej Żółtowski, newly chosen conductor of the Catskill Symphony Orchestra, seen at right, applauding alongside Laurie Zimniewicz, Oneonta. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)
200 CARS LINE LANDING SPOT
From Franklin to Roseboom, crowds were drawn to the Bassett Helipad, across from Cooperstown’s Clark Sports Center, at 5:30 this evening as three UH-60 Blackhawk helicopters chop-chop-chopped from the south and landed in the nearby field. Some 200 cars lined Susquehanna and Brooklyn avenues, and fans of all ages hurried down to surround the choppers and greet members of the U.S. Army Reserves, 353rd Civil Affairs Command, who are on a training mission this weekend in conjunction with the Cooperstown Graduate Program. In top photo, Gabriel Hanus and Elias Morris, pals from Schenevus, pose in front of one of the choppers. Inset left, Alex Kubis, 8, of Roseboom, settles into the passenger compartment, but not for long: a line of youngsters and oldsters were lined up for a similar experience. The last time this exercise was conducted, it happened in 3 feet of snow, so today’s clear fields were ideal for the curious. (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)
SOUP SERVED UNTIL 2 P.M.
Cooperstown’s Lauren Martin, top photo, fills Linda Kosmer’s bowl with hot soup at the Empty Bowls luncheon, the annual benefit for the Cooperstown Food Bank underway until 2 p.m. in the Christ Episcopal Church Hall on Fair Street. Inset left, Jeannie Graham chooses among the dozen of bowls created by local potters in advance of the event. $15 gets you soup – and you keep the bowl. At right, pals Dierdre Donley Crouse and George Hren-Saphier clean up. (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)
Spring Gala May 7 In Foothills Atrium
ONEONTA – State Sen. Jim Seward, R-Milford, will be the Otsego County Chamber’s Eugene A. Bettiol Jr. Distinguished Citizen of 2020, and Custom Electronics the NBT Bank Distinguished Business Of The Year, the chamber announced this afternoon.
Seward and the high-tech battery company will be toasted Thursday, May 7, in the Foothills Atrium, beginning with a cocktail hour at 5:45 p.m.