GRAND OPEN DUE THURSDAY
Milford’s Dan Atkinson rolls out chain-link fencing this morning at the Village of Milford’s Wilber Park, where work is underway to complete a community dog park in time for its prospective dedication at 4 p.m. Thursday. Attaching the fencing are Dan’s wife Kimberly Winsor, right, and Sarah Cummings, Oneonta, who is active there in Superheroes on Ripped Jeans, the animal-care group. At left, the Atkinsons’ daughter Willow, 5, looks on. Inset, Sarah and Kimberly do some of the heavy lifting. The $3,500 project is being accomplished with the help of a grant from the Milford Rotary Club. It would be the first public dog park in the county, although other communities are considering similar facilities. (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)
Annual Banquet 12/4 At Otesaga
COOPERSTOWN – The Boy Scouts of America Leatherstocking Council will honor retiring state Sen. Jim Seward, R-Milford, at its annual Leadership Dinner Friday, Dec. 4, at The Otesaga.
Due to COVID precautions, Senator Seward will be joining via a live and interactive video feed to receive the BSA’s Community Leadership Award.
The BSA Community Leadership Award is presented to those who exemplify in their daily lives the ideals of the Boy Scouts of America as expressed in the Scout Oath and Law.
ELECTION DAY MESSAGE
Editor’s Note: The Rev. Paul Messner, pastor of the county’s Lutheran churches, including Oneonta’s Church of the Atonement and Hartwick Seminary’s Evangelical Luther Church, sent out this Election Day message to his flock.
Today is Election Day. I hope you will be doing your civic duty and going to vote – if you haven’t already. The news companies are reporting that prior to today nearly 100 million Americans have already cast their ballots.
It is always a solemn and powerful time in our federal republic, that we have the privilege to freely cast our democratic vote and, in so doing, choose our leaders at the federal, state and local levels of government. This is a right too few people in our world enjoy.
AT DOUBLEDAY, POLLING PLACES
Patrons Clyde Sanders and Stephanie Adams, above, chat with Barbara Boulanger, proprietor of Cooperstown’s Doubleday Cafe, which this year is hosting the Rotary Club’s Election Day Pancake Feast, which will be underway until 6 p.m. this evening. Inset, Rotarian Susan Miosek mans the “warming station” at St. Mary’s “Our Lady of the Lake” church hall, where pancakes can also be picked up; (also at polling places in the Clark Sports Center and Fly Creek municipal building.) The breakfasts are $8, and Rotarians are also doing home deliveries; to place an order, call 607-821-0180. Mayor Ellen Tillapaugh Kuch, who is club historian, reports the breakfasts have been an annual Election Day club event at least since 1957. The mayor is a past Rotary president, as was her father, George. (Jim Kevliin/AllOTSEGO.com)
ALL ARE WELCOME, SAYS RECTOR
COOPERSTOWN – On an evening of national tension, an Ecumenical Service is planned at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 3, at Christ Episcopal Church, 46 River St., according to Father Dane Boston, rector.
“We want to include as many as would like to be there,” said Father Boston. So far, the Rev. Joe Perdue, pastor, First Baptist Church, has said he plans to co-officiate.
The rector said the service will be an Episcopal Evensong, followed by a Great Liturgy.
COOPERSTOWN –Dr. Reginald Knight has been appointed the new senior vice president, chief physician executive for Bassett Healthcare Network, Dr. Tommy Ibrahim, president/CEO announced today.
Dr. Denise Robinson has accepted the role of senior vice president, chief nurse executive for the network, Ibrahim also announced.
Mayor Praises Her Institutional
Knowledge, Efficiency, Expertise
By JIM KEVLIN • Special to www. AllOTSEGO.com
COOPERSTOWN – Despite the rain, they came to praise her: Teri Barown, village administrator for the past five years and village clerk for 10 before that.
“Teri’s leadership abilities were always apparent and so very valued,” said Mayor Ellen Tillapaugh Kuch, who also emceed the ceremony. “…All have benefited from her professional and skillful handling of village administration.
“She could keep the day-to-day operations of this village flowing smoothly and, at the same time, was willing to take on new tasks, learn new skills and accept new challenges,” the mayor said. “And she always did it calmly and impartially.”
While the annual Halloween parade may not be on, that gave throngs of ghouls, ghosts, superheroes and princesses all the more reason to head downtown for the annual trick-or-treating event on this afternoon on Main street in Oneonta. Above, Brendan DeFalco, a brother with Chi Phi fraternity, hands out candy outside Tokyo Japanese Cuisine to Oneonta’s Reese Robinson and Rowan and Wyatt Keto. At right, Benjamin Reese shows how to walk like a robot in his homemade robot costume. College students were invited downtown to help hand out the candy in front of local businesses as part of the renewed Town-Gown work groups, part of the city’s Survive, Then Thrive initiative. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)
Cooperstown March Ends At Courthouse
As Amy Coney Barrett prepared for her swearing-in as a U.S. Supreme Court justice in Washington, D.C., Carina Franck, left, and Meg Kiernan led off a march a few minutes ago from Cooperstown Village Hall, up Main Street to the county courthouse. Susie Knight, inset, carries a sign that captures the message: “RGB Cannot RIP.” The message contrasts the legacy of the late Ruth Bader Ginsburg, a supporter of Roe v. Wade who died last month, with Judge Barrett, her replacement, who is expected to be more open to abortion curbs. Annually for 10 years before COVID, Justice Ginsburg led an “Opera and the Law” presentation at the Glimmerglass Festival. (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)