Bargain shoppers flocked to the annual Grand & Glorious Garage Sale today on Oneonta’s Main Street searching for that special item, great deal or a walking taco. Above, Steve Londner unloads boxes of items at the League of Women Voters tent as Jill Eichler, Franklin, a volunteer with the Super Heroes in Ripped Jeans, converses wit Alice Collins, Oneonta. All items they had left will be donated to the Super Heroes With Ripped Jeans Thrift Store. At right, Linda Pipitone and Pam Hanley, Town of Maryland, admire an iron found amidst one of the sellers offerings. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)
911’s 18TH ANNIVERSARY NEAR
George Morell‘s sister, Cathy Raddatz of Cooperstown, recalls her brother’s heroism in 1993, at the first World Trade Center bombing, when he carried a frail sandwich vendor from the 70th floor to safety. Eight years later, on 9/11, he called his wife and said, “Robbie, I love you. It’s the big one.” He was one of 638 Cantor Fitzgerald employees who died that day. Cathy was speaking this morning before the start of the 9/11 Memorial 5-10K race, an annual commemoration organized by the Fly Creek Fire Company. At left is Fire Capt. Rick Kelly, who emceed; at right, Assemblyman John Salka, R-West Edmeston; behind Salka is Cathy’s daughter Gretchen. Inset, Cooperstown native Charles Hollister, who now lives in Oneonta, won the 5K event. (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)
COOPERSTOWN – Class of 2019 Hall of Famer Lee Smith has returned this week to the scene of his Induction as celebrity host for the Pathfinder Village-Baseball Hall of Fame Golf Invitational, which begins today at the Leatherstocking Golf Course.
The former Chicago Cub will join 23 amateur foursomes on the 18th to support a golf event that raises scholarship funds for Pathfinder Village, the residential community in Edmeston for people with Down syndrome and other developmental disabilities.
Terrell Silvera, sworn in this evening as the newest officer in the Cooperstown Police Department, is congratulated by his former Cooperstown High School principal, Gary Kuch. Kuch recalled Silvera, while a student at CCS, telling the principal his life’s ambition – realized today – was to become a police officer. Friends Lisa Brown and Nicholas Weir, left, attended to cheer him on, as did his fellow officers, right, Frank Cavalieri and Jim Kelman. Inset, Officer Silvera is congratulated by his sister, Giovanna Malvasi. Silvera joined the force over a year ago as a parking enforcement officer. The new officer will be seeing quite a bit of his former principal, who is Otsego town justice (as well as director of the Clark Foundation Scholarship Program.) (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)
Owner Don Hoag Joining Wife Rosie
In Retirement, Puts Body Shop On Market
By JIM KEVLIN • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com
COOPERSTOWN – Forty-one years after Edward Kirn began teaching Don Hoag the auto-body repair business, the venerable Kirn’s Body Shop closed its doors for good on Friday, the owner-operator announced this afternoon.
Interviewed with his wife Rosemary, the founder’s daughter, by his side, Hoag gave three reasons:
- “The changing industry, and what it takes to fix a car.”
- “As you know, in this community, the help picture is really tight.”
- Those two reasons led to a third: He realized he needed to reinvent the business, and at 60½ he and Rosie concluded it’s time to let go.
That decision made sense, they said, particularly since he and Rosie lost their son, Justin, age 32, of Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy on Sept. 27, 2016. There’s no one to carry on the business.
Gene Schmidt, organizer of this afternoon’s 10th Mountain Division Jazz Band concert, shakes hand with World War II veteran Tony Drago, Oneonta, after Drago was honored with a surprise mayoral proclamation preceding this afternoon’s performance in the SUNY Alumni Field House. At 97, Drago is among the city’s oldest surviving veterans. At right, soloist Sgt. Michelle Dykes, stationed Fort Drum near Watertown, sings while accompanied by Specialist Derrick on tuba. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)
It was colors, colors everywhere as art lovers flocked to the annual Art On The Lake, featuring plein air art (painted out of doors) this afternoon on the lawn behind The Fenimore Art Museum. Above, David “R.C.” Oster, a pen-and-ink artist from Utica, shows a piece he is working on to Tariq and Rafat Hussain, Norwich, and Becky Gretton, Richfield Springs. At right, artist Chris Wakefield, who operates Wildwood Woodworking Edmeston, showed for the time and won the Audience Choice Award for his wood carvings. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)