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CCS Names Top 4 Scholars

CCS Names Top 4 Scholars

With horns honking and balloons flying, Cooperstown Central School administrators, teachers and staff rolled through the community this morning to personally advise four students they had been named the top scholars of the Class of 2020.  Clockwise from upper left are Meagan Behan, Madison Hurysz, Vivienne Parkhurst and Nora Jensen.  The school district several years ago decided to name four leading students, rather than follow the traditional valedictorian-salutatorian combination.
Democrat Buttermann Wins Democrat Herzig’s Backing

Democrat Buttermann Wins

Democrat Herzig’s Backing


ONEONTA – Dan Buttermann, Oneonta, Democratic candidate for Assembly from the 121st District, today announced he has been endorsed by Mayor Gary Herzig, also a Democrats.

If Buttermann wins the nomination against Corey Mosher, a Hamilton farmer, in the June 23 Democrat primary, he will face Assemblyman John Salka, R-Brookfield, in November.

Crochet Club Makes 1,750 ‘Mask Mates’


Crochet Club Makes

1,750 ‘Mask Mates’

Here are examples of the 1,754 ear-warmers Emily Phillips’ crochet club has produced.


Emily Phillips, Oneonta, demonstrates one of her “mask mates,” which helps get a better fit on your face mask.

ONEONTA – Wearing a mask is that much harder if it doesn’t fit, said Emily Phillips.

“I got masks for my partner and I, and mine kept falling off my face, and his was pulling on his ears,” she said. “I reached out to a crochet group on Facebook, and they had patterns for ‘mask mates’.”

The crochet band is designed to lift the back of the elastic off your ears – ideal for those who have to wear masks for long periods of time.

She tried several different patterns – some were too big, some too small – before she combined them into a belt-like design. “It’s a long skinny band with 15 button holes,” she said.

Fly Creek EMT Squad Welcomes Ambulance

Fly Creek EMT Squad

Welcomes Ambulance

Among ruminations that “we’ve come a long way in 12 years,” the Fly Creek Volunteer Fire Company’s Emergency Squad gathered to welcome a brand new Horton Ambulance as it arrived at the station at 5 p.m. today.  Officers posing with the squad’s pride and joy are, from left, Fire Chief Chris Voulo, 1st Assistant Jess Lanza, Second Assistants Henry Hight and Adam Kantor, Squad Capt. Rick Kelly, and Fire Police Capt. John Phillips, joined by other EMTs and volunteers.  Inset, Kelly helps wash down the new vehicle, which replaces a second-hand one bought a dozen years ago from Alabama.   “It served us well,” Kelly said, but “we thought Fly Creek deserves the best.”  The ambulance includes a power-load system for stretchers, four-wheel drive, state of the art controls and LED lights.  (Jim Kevlin /

Parade Past Fox Honors Front Line Workers

Parade Past Fox Hospital

Honors Front Line Workers

Jeff Joyner, Fox Hospital president, waves as decorated fire trucks from 17 area departments, including police and EMS, drove by the hospital this afternoon in a parade dedicated to thanking Fox Hospital staff for their work on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic. In addition to the fire companies, the parade also included Mayor Gary Herzig, The Red Knights Motorcycle Club and a fly-over from the LifeNet helicopter. At right, Kristy Gee and Tiffany Pickett let the drivers know their appreciation as the parade passes by them and their fellow workers lined up outside Fox Hospital. After passing the hospital, the parade continued onto the Fox Care Center to laud workers there as well. (Ian Austin/

VIDEO: Zambello Expresses Regret, Promises Virtual Offerings


Zambello Expresses Regret,

Promises Virtual Offerings

Hear from Artistic & General Director Francesca Zambello

Dear Glimmerglass Family, On behalf of the Board of Trustees and staff of The Glimmerglass Festival, thank you for your ongoing support. We hope that you and your family are healthy and safe and extend our deepest sympathies to so many who have suffered as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. It was our hope to be together this summer, to provide song and story for those longing for normalcy and respite. It is now clear that it will not be possible for Glimmerglass to perform our planned 2020 season. Through our disappointment, we are choosing hope — a hope that 2021 will bring health and prosperity. In the meantime, we will be heeding the call of the governor of our great State of New York. He has encouraged all businesses to “re-imagine” and “build back better.” That is what we intend to do. We will spend this summer creating unique and interesting content to keep our audiences engaged and entertained, as well as focusing on our education programs and working toward a stronger Glimmerglass for 2021 and beyond. Although refunds of 2020 tickets are available, I hope ticket buyers who are able will consider donating the value of their tickets. The Festival Board of Trustees, joined by myself and my wife, Faith Gay, have made a commitment to match the value of all tickets donated up to $500,000, making your donation twice as valuable and helping to ensure the company’s future during this exceptional time. Over the last decade, we at Glimmerglass have been thinking hard about the role of a nonprofit arts organization in a community. We have expanded our offerings and thought about how we can inspire conversations about the world we live in. And as we look toward a future when we can come together in person again, we know those conversations about art and life will take on increased resonance. To put it briefly, we are just getting started.Sincerely,Francesca ZambelloArtistic & General DirectorThe Glimmerglass Festival

Posted by The Glimmerglass Festival on Tuesday, May 5, 2020


Longest Village Campaign In History May End Sept. 15


Longest Village Campaign

In History May End Sept. 15

In the March 5 League of Women Voters’ Candidates Night, Cooperstown hopefuls — from left, Mary Margaret Sohns, Joe Membrino and MacGuire Benton – thought their campaigns would be over in a few days. It was not to be. (Jim Kevlin/

By JIM KEVLIN • Special to

COOPERSTOWN – It could  be the longest campaign for village board in New York State history.

Governor Cuomo over the weekend again rescheduled village elections – the contested one in Cooperstown, as well as others across the state – until Sept. 15, six months after the original March 18 date, Village Clerk Teri Barown confirmed this morning.

All Star Village Cancels Week I Of 2020 Season

All Star Village

Cancels Week I

Of 2020 Season

Owner Marty Patton Vows: Nothing

Will Happen As Long As There’s Risk

By JIM KEVLIN • Special to

Marty Patton

ONEONTA – Cooperstown All Star Village has cancelled its youth baseball tournament for the week of June 6, Week One of its 2020 season, proprietor Marty Patton said this morning.

A letter to the 70 teams scheduled for the first week will be going out later this week.

For now, he said, the idea is to continue to cancel a month in advance, week by week, in hopes of being able to hold at least some of the tournaments later in the summer, depending on how the coronavirus threat plays out.

“To the local community, I just say this: Brenda and I have lived here most of our lives.  We would never risk our community or those wonderful people who are coming from all over to visit,” Patton said.



Noted Cooperstown Artist Plans Drive-, Walk-By Show


Noted Cooperstown Artist

Plans Drive-, Walk-By Show

The noted Cooperstown artist, Ashley Norwood Cooper, is planning a Drive-By, Walk-By Art Exhibit 10 a.m.-5 p.m. (or as long as the weather holds up) tomorrow (Saturday) in front of her home on 14 Lake St.  Paintings will include the 82- by 72-inch “Easter Eggs,” pictured here. “I am just showing a few paintings that I have made while social isolating,” said the artist, who was recently mentioned in a New York Times’ report on the VOLTA Art Fair in New York City.
In Hard Times, Singhs Help Their Customers


In Hard Times, Singhs

Help Their Customers

Schuyler Lake Gasway owner Jarnail “Tony” Singh, his wife Gurmail Kaur and store manager Derrick Thones stand by a shoulder-high stack of bread trays and half-gallons of milk they’ve been giving to customers and community members in recent days, to help people out in hard times.  Tony and his brother, Itwar “John” Singh Aujla, have been doing the same in Ilion, where they own a second quick-stop.  The other day, Thones said, John and Tony went door-to-door delivering bread and milk in both communities.   In a telephone interview, Sonny Singh, who was raised in Schuyler Lake, went off to college and now lives in California, said giving to the needy – and general charitability – is a Sikh tradition that the family brought to their new country.  For instance, Jarnail said, once a week during the summers they cook up an Indian meal, offering the food to visitors who stop at their store for gasoline and supplies.  “We’re a small business,” said Sonny.  “We depend on the community, and appreciate their support.”  Thones said the brothers bought at least 250 loaves of bread and 250 half-gallons.   (Jim Kevlin/
Treated For COVID, Assemblyman Miller Out Of Intensive Care

Treated For COVID,

Assemblyman Miller

Out Of Intensive Care

Brian Miller

NEW HARTFORD – After a month and a day in ICU, Assemblyman Brian Miller, a Republican who represents four Otsego County towns,  is out of St. Luke’s Hospital’s  intensive care unit in Utica and beginning “the next phase of healing and recovery.”

Miller’s 101st District includes the towns of Springfield, Middlefield, Westford and Maryland in Otsego County.

“There are no words to express the amount of appreciation I have for the professionals at Mohawk Valley Health Systems,” he said in a statement his office released this afternoon.

Schneider’s displays hopeful sign


Schneider’s proprietor Jason Long and his crew admire one of two signs placed in the bakery’s plate glass windows at Main and Chestnut in Cooperstown. Signs are popping up all over Otsego County, praising healthcare workers and looking to the future hopefully. As you see them, snap a photo on your iPhone and send to (Jim Kevlin/
2 Days After Smokey Fire, Garage Repairs Underway

2 Days After Smokey Fire,

Garage Repairs Underway

Family, Friends Aim To Reopen Neighbour’s

Drive by Neighbour’s Service Center on Route 28, Village of Milford, anytime today, and you’ll see a crew of family and friends working on getting  Antonino Triarsi’s business back in business.  In top photo, Triarsi points out where the attachment from the oil heater, at left, slipped out of the pottery chimney pipe, in wall at right, and set the wall on fire.  With Milford, Cooperstown and other fire departments responding, Saturday’s fire was largely confined to the furnace room.  The front office needs some cleanup, but that’s about it.  Triarsi, 32, a Bloomville native who’s been running the repair shop since February 2019, expects to be open again in the next couple of days.  In addition to cars, he repairs lawnmowers, tractors, you name it, and is already taking reservations (at 607-441-8044). Helping with repairs, inset photo, are, from left, friend Jodie Currie Jr., brother Emanuele Triarsi, dad Antonino Jr., and Fred Waters, who’s been associated with the building since the 1960s, when he began working for Art Kiser.  The owner is at right.  (Click image for full size.)  In the background, you can see the framing of the new roof, in place by noon today.  (Jim Kevlin/

Flag-Waving Couple Prompts Smiles From Passing Drivers

Flag-Waving Couple Prompts

Smiles From Passing Drivers

To cheer up passersby, Jarron Baysinger Jr. and wife Betty, of Oak River Trailer Park, parked themselves alongside Route 28 in Hartwick Seminary and spent the afternoon waving the Stars & Stripes as car went by.  The idea, Jarron said, was to honor healthcare workers, deputies and firemen who are tackling the coronavirus threat with the  American can-do spirit.  (Jim Kevlin/
THUMBS UP! Enthusiastic Senator Seward Greets Celebratory Parade On His Rebound


Enthusiastic Senator Seward Greets

Cavalcade Celebrating His Rebound

In front of his North Main Street home, State Sen. Jim Seward, R-Milford, gives a thumbs up at 2 p.m. today to a parade organized by fellow members of the Milford Methodist Church to celebrate his return from Albany Medical Center and his continuing recuperation at home.  Wife Cindy, inset, joined him in waving to their friends and supporters.  Suffering from coronavirus, the senator rebounded from an induced coma and being on a ventilator to return home last Monday.  Lola Rathbone, who organized the parade, said she decided on an auto cavalcade because it would ensure social distancing was maintain. Milford Mayor Brian Pokorny was organizing a walk-by parade on Sunday, but delayed it to a later date due to the same concern.  (Jim Kevlin/

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