You may have noticed construction underway in Hartwick Seminary across Route 28 from Cooperstown Commons. It’s the new headquarters of Tickled Pink Barbecue, operated by Chris Doucas, Town of Hartwick. Son Lucas Doucas, inset right, was at work this afternoon, along with Lucas LaRusso, who’s helping with the construction. A Tickled Pink store is planned on the site, featuring smoked cheese and other delicacies. Started in that pink school bus on the site of nearby Barnyard Swing, the Cooperstown Dreams Park attraction, Tickled Pink is now purveying its barbecue via four buses and three trucks. Lucas said the hope is to complete the project in a couple of weeks. (Jim Kevlin /AllOTSEGO.com)
NEW YORK CITY – Cheered on by actress Rosie Perez and comedian Chris Rock, Governor Cuomo today issued an Executive Order authorizing businesses to deny entry to people who do not wear masks or face-coverings.
The governor made the announcement at noon in New York City, as Otsego County businesses awaited details on how to enter the Phase 2 reopening tomorrow, which permits stores and offices to reopen for the first time since Cuomo’s original March 13 emergency declaration. The latest word is details may be forthcoming at 7 p.m. today.
“She told me that if we started dating, Cooperstown was in my future,” he said. “She spent every summer up here, taking horseback riding lessons from the Moffats and staying with her aunt on Pioneer Street.”COOPERSTOWN – When Caspar Ewig met his wife, Patricia, in 1973, she had a condition for going steady with her.
Now, 47 years later, he’s fulfilled that edict, taking over as the new manager of the Cooperstown Diner, which is reopening for take-out Thursday, May 28.
“I was looking for something to do and I saw the diner was looking for a manager,” he said. “I called Scott Hayford” – longtime owner Earle Hayford’s son – “and the rest is history.”
On Memorial Day 2019, inset right, the usual crowd filled the lawn at the Soldiers & Sailors Monument in front of county courthouse. Today, in time of coronarivus, a Cooperstown Veterans Club rifle squad – from left, Jim Bridger, Rich Balcom and Doug Walker – fired a salute, witnessed by one family and a small contingent of fellow veterans. The ceremony was first held in Fly Creek, then repeated at the Doughboy Statue at the foot of Pine Boulevard, then at Lakewood Cemetery at the grave of Andrew Davidson, a Civil War Medal of Honor winner. American Legion Commander John Famulare played taps, and VFW Post Commander Floyd Bourne served in the color guard. (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)
COOPERSTOWN – Dr. Tommy Ibrahim has been appointed as the next Bassett Healthcare Network president/CEO, succeeding Bill Streck as head of the eight-county hospital system. He is expected to arrived here in mid to late July.
Extending a Bassett tradition for its chief executives, he is a physician.
Dr. Ibrahim, 39, has held leadership positions within the healthcare industry for the past 14 years, most recently serving as executive vice president and chief physician executive for Integris Health System, the largest not-for-profit and state-owned health care system in Oklahoma.
U.S. News & World Report placed Integris on its list of Top 25 healthcare systems in the U.S.
GILBERTSVILLE – Valedictorian Sadra Smith and Salutatorian Sawyer Hinman lead the top five seniors lauded for academic excellence in the Gilbertsville-Mount Upton Class of 2020.
The daughter of Claudette Newman and Larry Smith, Sadra has participated in Student Council, Mock Trial, Varsity Soccer and the National Honor Society at GMU, holding leadership positions such as Soccer Team Captain and NHS Vice President. She plans to study Agriculture in the fall at a college to be determined.
In what’s a rare non-virtual event these days, the Town of Hartwick’s annual “Clean Sweep” is underway until 2 p.m. today, next to the town garage in the hamlet. For free, townsfolk can dispose of yard trash and scrap metal, including lawn mowers, lawn chairs, BBQ grills, metal fencing, aluminum flashing, metal bed frames, microwaves, and the like. Green waste may be dropped off on Hatchery Road. (Electronics aren’t being accepted this year, or household garbage and hazardous waste.) Manning the dumpsters this morning are, from left, Will Nicholson, Bob and Marcy Birch, Town board member Bruce Markusen and Bill Powers. Town Clerk Andrea Vazquez, inset photo, is checking in participants. Markusen, one of the event’s organizers, said, despite the encouragements to stay at home, the effort may meet its usual goals of three dumpsters of trash and a dumpster of metal, plus tires aplenty. Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)
In his daily e-mailed NYS Coronarivus Update, Governor Cuomo yesterday chose the Susquehanna SPCA’s socially distanced dog parade Tuesday at Chestnut Park Rehabilitation & Nursing Center, in Oneonta, as his daily “Deep Breath Moment.” In top photo, Kathy Chicorelli, a SQSPCA employee, holds up a yellow lab, to the delight of a resident. Inset left, even at rest, Roscoe, a 5-year-old bloodhound, excites the interest of Chestnut Park staff and residents. “This was great for everyone – the animals, our staff, and the people here,” said Stacie Haynes, SQSPCA. “We’ve all been cooped up too long, and just to see all the smiles was wonderful.” (Michael Forster Rothbart photos for AllOTSEGO.com)