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Pumpkins Aglow On Village Hall’s Porch


Pumpkins Aglow On

Village Hall’s Porch

Siblings Eva Gibson, 12, and brother Patrick, 10, spent part of today carving pumpkins for the Pumpkin Glow, underway until 7 p.m. on the front porch of Cooperstown Village Hall.  Then, the two began examining the competition.  Pumpkins are being brought to the event throughout the hour, so there’s time to get over there and take a look.  Of course, COVID precautions are being followed, including masks and social distancing, and only a certain number of the curious get in the gate at any one time.  Inset is Janet Erway, executive director of the Cooperstown Art Association, which has been staging the Halloween event for a decade now. (Jim Kevlin/

Sign Of The Season: Daffodil Bulbs Planted


Sign Of The Season:

Daffodil Bulbs Planted

The team from the Clark Foundation Greenhouses completed planting 1,000 daffodil bulbs this morning at the Cooperstown United Methodist Church at Chestnut and Glen, after completing similar annual autumn plantings in the past few days at the village’s other four churches, Christ Episcopal, St. Mary’s “Our Lady of the Lake,” First Baptist and First Presbyterian.  From left are Barry Shirley, Ray Miller, Curtis Hurley, Bob Schworn and Jason Swezey.  Insert, Hurley applies the “Dibble Board,” which creates indentations that allow the flowers to emerge in a tidy pattern in the spring.  The greenhouses are also involved in pro bono plantings around the village, from hanging baskets on Main Street to The Fenimore Museum and the Baseball Hall of Fame.  (Jim Kevlin/

‘Nurses’ Hopeful Eyes’ Grip COVID-19 Patient

‘Nurses’ Hopeful Eyes’

Grip COVID-19 Patient

Delhi Artist Recalls Narrow Escape

Delhi artist Glenn Lee is about to begin a new round of paintings inspired by his narrow escape from COVID-19. (Bassett photo)

From Bassett News Service

COOPERSTOWN – This fall, Horace “Glenn” Lee, who spent weeks in Bassett Hospital’s intensive care unit last spring fighting COVID-19, returned to the ICU to thank the doctors and nurses who saved his life.

“I was in the hospital for 37 days total, three weeks in Cooperstown’s ICU and two weeks in rehabilitation at O’ Connor Hospital in Delhi,” said Lee, a 69-year-old contemporary American artist from Delhi who was admitted to Bassett on April 1. “There is much I don’t remember after my admission, but one thing that struck me as I regained consciousness and slowly recovered was the passage of time. I saw rain, snow, sunshine and trees budding; it was like a whole season of life that passed before my eyes through the hospital windows.”

League Plans Forum For Salka, Buttermann

League Plans Forum

For Salka, Buttermann

Participate Monday, Oct. 26, Via Zoom

John Salka
Dan Buttermann

Assembly John Salka, R-Brookfield, and his Democratic challenger, Dan Buttermann of Oneonta, will debate at 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 26, via Zoom, the  Oneonta and Cooperstown League of Women Voters chapters announced.

Jake Cornell, Oneida, the Libertarian candidate, will also participate.

Candidates will make introductory statements and answer questions emailed by the public.  Up to 500 viewers can participate via links at and, as well at the chapters’ Facebook pages.

Patriot Rally Calls For Vigilance, Local Assessment

‘Patriot Rally’ Calls For

Vigilance, Local Reflection

At what its organizers called “The Patriots Rally” this afternoon in Oneonta’s Muller Plaza to combat “white supremacists and racism,” co-organizer Diandra Sangetti-Daniels, above, calls for the continued defense against racism in all forms. Sixty-five people stopped to listen to several speakers, including co-organizer Johnny Brown, inset photo, as well as Anthony Baron, Zach King and Anthony Eardley, who recited Martin Luther King Jr.’s speech,  “America’s Chief Moral Dilemma.”  Sangetti-Daniels is also organizing a Community Speak-Out, where people can come and tell their experiences to community leaders. While the date has yet to be set, she is excited for the meeting; “Many people come to these rallies and tell their stories, but feel the people who need to hear them are elsewhere. At this meeting, the people who implement chance will be there.” (Ian Austin/

Senator Seward Mourns Leader Bruno’s Passing

Senator Seward Mourns

Leader Bruno’s Passing

Majority Leader Bruno with Senator Seward.

ALBANY – On the news of former state Senator Majority Leader Joe Bruno’s passing, state Sen. Jim Seward, R-Milford, today issued a statement praising him as “a mentor, a friend and a dynamic public servant.”

“Joe was a fighter through and through who stood up to every challenge he faced,” Seward said. “The Capital District as well as all of New York State will reap the benefits of his dedication for generations to come.

“My sympathies to Joe’s family and friends, he will be greatly missed.”


Daffodil Giveaway Returns To Farmer’s Market Saturday

Daffodil Giveaway Returns

To Farmer’s Market Saturday

Oneonta Garden Club members Phyllis Gunther and Laurie Zimniewicz pack up 4,500 daffodil bulbs for their annual giveaway at the Oneonta Farmer’s Market on Saturday, Oct. 10. For the third year in a row, the club will give way bags of 25 bulbs for free on a first-come, first-serve basis to help brighten Oneonta come spring. (Ian Austin/
Teri Barown Says Goodbye To Village Hall


Teri Barown

Says Goodbye

To Village Hall

Revered Administrator Retiring

By JIM KEVLIN • Special to

Teri Barown

COOPERSTOWN – With regret, the Village Board this evening accepted a notice of retirement from its revered village administrator, Teri Barown.

Appointed village clerk in 2005, she was promoted to village administrator in 2016 after “making herself absolutely essential to our village operations,” Mayor Ellen Tillapaugh Kuch said in announcing the news at the Village Board’s organizational meeting.

Barown said she was enticed to retire because her children are having trouble recruiting daycare for their children during the COVID-19 threat, and that convinced her it was time.

Mayor, 2 Trustees Sworn In After Long-Delayed Election

Mayor, 2 Trustees Sworn In

After Long-Delayed Election

Mayor Ellen Tillapaugh Kuch and Trustees Joe Membrino and, right, MacGuire Benton were sworn in for new terms this evening at the Cooperstown Village Board’s organization meeting. Village Administrator Teri Barown administered the oaths. Usually, village organizational meetings occur April 1, but the mid-March election was delayed until Sept. 15 due to the COVID-19 threat. The mayor was unopposed in that election, and Membrino led the three-way trustee race. But Democrat Benton and the Republican candidate, Mary-Margaret Robbins, tied at 272 each, requiring a runoff election Sept. 29. In that runoff, Benton garnered 343 votes to Robbins’ 308. Unless delayed, the next village election will be next March. Also at tonight’s organizational meeting, The Freeman’s Journal was designated an official newspaper of the Village of Cooperstown. (Jim Kevlin/
Appreciative Hartwick Honors Fallen Marine

Appreciative Hartwick

Honors Fallen Marine

Section Of Route 205 Rechristened

In John Kempe Winslow’s Memory

Pausing this afternoon after the unveiling of a road sign naming Route 205 through Hartwick in honor of Marine Corps Sgt. John Kempe Winslow, who was killed in action in Vietnam on July 30, 1979, are, from left. state Sen. Jim Seward, R-Milford, and Assemblyman John Salka, R-Brookfield, who sponsored the necessary legislation; Christine and Michael Winslow, his brother and sister-in-law; sister Maria Winslow Folts, and Donald Folts.  Inset, the gathering brought together more than 100 wellwishers, plus honor guards from Hartwick and Cooperstown veterans organizations, who listen to Seward’s introductory remarks.  Other speakers included Wayne Bunn, who grew up in Hartwick with Winslow, and John Reynolds, a friend and fellow veteran.  (Jim Kevlin/

Cooperstown Pupils Go Back To Classes


Cooperstown Pupils

Go Back To Classes

Tammy Dingman, LTA, above, escorts Izabella Chase into Cooperstown Elementary School this morning, where a rotation system — half the students Mondays and Wednesdays, and other half Tuesdays and Thursdays — is in place to avoid crowding as the Walnut Street facility and the high school on Linden Avenue reopened for the 2020-21 school year.  At left, Director of Facilities Matt Murphy kept the traffic flowing.  Inset, Senior Officer Jim Kelman controls traffic as Laurel Giacomo, who has just moved here from California, delivers twin sons Braxton and Dominic, 9, to their first day of school.  The high school is also back in business.  Oneonta City Schools are planning to restart physical classes next Wednesday, Oct. 13.  (Jim Kevlin/

60 Applaud Delgado At Cooperstown Stop

60 Applaud Delgado

At Cooperstown Stop

Some 60 Democrats hailed incumbent Congressman Antonio Delgado, D-19, on a campaign and sign-distribution stop a few minutes ago in Cooperstown’s Pioneer Park.  Top photo, he chats with Layla Butterman, 8, of Oneonta, who attended with her dad Dan, who is running for state Assembly against incumbent John Salka, R-Brookfield.  Others, from left, are party activists Melinda Harden and Richard Sternberg, both of Cooperstown, and former Cooperstown mayor Jeff Katz.  Inset, Paula Diperna, who ran for Congress from Otsego County’s district in the 1990s, advises Delgado on climate policy.  Delgado is being challenged by Republican Kyle van de Water, a Dutchess County lawyer.  Delgado continued on to a campaign event in Canajoharie.  (Jim Kevlin/

Display On Jim Konstanty At GOHS During October

He Pitched For Phillies In World Series

Display On Jim Konstanty

At GOHS During October

Oneonta’s Konstanty is considered the MLB’s first relief pitcher

ONEONTA – “Jim Konstanty & the World Series,” featuring Oneonta’s most accomplished Major Leaguer, is on display at the Oneonta History Center, 183 Main St., through October.

Helen Rees, Konstanty’s daughter, is sharing her collection of memorabilia from her father’s professional baseball career.

Konstanty (1917-1976) played for five teams during his 11 years in the Majors. Although also a starting pitcher, he is considered baseball’s first specialist as a relief pitcher.

He was the Most Valuable Player in the National League in 1950 and pitched in that year’s World Series for the Philadelphia Phillies.

Dedication Of Rt. 205 Planned Monday In Honor Of Marine

Dedication Of Rt. 205 Planned

Monday In Honor Of Marine

Marine Sgt. John Kempe Winslow

HARTWICK – The dedication of a section of Route 205 through Hartwick in honor of Marine Corps Sgt. John Kempe Winslow, who died in Vietnam, is planned at 2 p.m. Monday south of the hamlet.

The dedication, which will be attended by state Sen. Jim Seward, R-Milford, and Assemblyman John Salka, R-Brookfield, had been planned last spring, but was delayed by the COVID-19 state of emergency.

Seward and Salka introduced the legislation in June 2019.

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