News of Otsego County


If You Can, Get Outdoors

If You Can, Get Outdoors

If you could, you got outdoors today, as temperatures rose to 70-plus degrees across Otsego County. You may have notice Charlie Brooks, flag flying as he led a team of motorcyclists up Route 28 and into Cooperstown during the noon hour.  Passing the Baseball Hall of Fame, Charlie, from Northampton, on Great Sacandaga Lake in the Adirondacks, was accompanied wife Thora Blackwood and the Townsends, friends of the couple from New Hartford.  The good news is the weather will continue fine Monday and Tuesday, with highs in the 70 range.  (Jim Kevlin/
Dog Park Near-Complete In Milford’s Wilber Park


Dog Park Near-Complete

In Milford’s Wilber Park

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/

New Sign Arises At Milford Church

New Sign Arises

At Milford Church

A new sign rose this morning in front the Milford United Methodist. The crew consisted of church members, from left, Tom Rathbone, Brad Brooks, Terry Mattison, Al Dubreuil, Bill Triolo and Dave Meade.  Al’s son-in-law, Jason Gaitz, Houston, Texas, fabricated at his shop there, Sign Worx. The sign is in front of the new church on Route 28 that was completed in June 2019.  (Jim Kevlin/
Girl Scout Repaints FoxCare Landing Pad 

Girl Scout Repaints

FoxCare Landing Pad

Caitlyn Thompson, Oneonta, a Girl Scout with Troop 3007, got to work early this morning with cans of paint and rollers as she repainted the helicopter landing pad at the FoxCare Center for her Silver Award project. Thompson, an eighth grader, is currently interested in helicopter rescue and hopes one day to become EMT certified. (Ian Austin/
Boy Scouts To Honor Seward On Retirement

Annual Banquet 12/4 At Otesaga

Boy Scouts To Honor

Seward On Retirement

Senator Seward

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.

Pastor: Ask God’s Guidance In Time Of National Division


Pastor: Ask God’s Guidance

In Time Of National Division

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.

Pastor Messner

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.

Rotary Pancake Feast Is Underway All Day


Rotary Pancake Feast

Is Underway All Day

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/

Ecumenical Service Set For Election Evening


Ecumenical Service Set

For Election Evening

Father Boston

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.

Bassett Appoints Vice Presidents To Lead Physician, Nursing Corps

Bassett Appoints Vice Presidents

To Lead Physician, Nursing Units

Dr. Robinson
Dr. Knight

COOPERSTOWNDr. 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.

Village Gives Thanks To Retiring Barown

Village Gives Thanks

To Retiring Barown

Mayor Praises Her Institutional

Knowledge, Efficiency, Expertise

A tearful Teri Barown – she retired Friday after 15 years as village clerk, then village administrator – was joined at this afternoon’s farewell ceremony on 22 Main’s pillared veranda by daughters Julie, center, and Nicole, and son Matt. (Jim Kevlin/

By JIM KEVLIN • Special to www.

Mayor Ellen Tillapaugh Kuch presents Teri Barown with a plaque “from a grateful Cooperstown community.”

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.”

Big Crowds Turn Out For Main Street Halloween

Big Crowds Turn Out

For Oneonta Halloween

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/

Witches With Attitude, Much More Going On

Trunk Or Treat Going On NOW!

Witches With Attitude,

Much More Going On

Witches aplenty – from left, Lorraine Banfield, Cathy Ferrara and Cathy DiResta – are emcing a lot of fun from now until 7 p.m. at The Railroad Inn’s first annual Trunk Or Treat event on Cooperstown’s  Railroad Avenue.  Wanna build your own spider? Or a puffy ghost, or carve a pumpkin — or paint it!  That’s all part of the fun.  Head on over and take a look.  (Jim Kevlin /
As Justice Is Sworn In, Protesters Recall RGB

As Justice Is Sworn In,

Protesters Recall RBG

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/

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