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This Week—June 17, 2021


The Freeman’s Journal • Hometown Oneonta

June 17, 2021


Moana, right, played by Yana King, gets caught by the crab Tamatoa, played by Claire Smith, with Dalilah Synan as the left claw and Taryn Brockway as the right claw, in a scene from ‘Moana Jr.’ Student actors practice during a dress rehearsal of Moana Jr., produced by Orpheus Theatre’s Starstruck Players at Foothills Performing Arts Center in Oneonta on Monday, June 14. The show, which opens Friday, June 18, will be the first live performance by Orpheus in more than a year because of the coronavirus pandemic. (Michael Forster Rothbart/


Hall: Wednesday induction was best option

Jobs and houses: Herzig: For city to thrive, the two houses intersect

Chestnut Crossing developers host neighborhood Q&A

Cooperstown & Around and City of the Hills

Inside The Paper

Primary Elections to be held

At ribbon cutting, Distillery touted as cultivated business venture

Mayor Ellen Tillapaugh, left, and Eugene Marra cut the ceremonial ribbon in front of Cooperstown Distillery. (Kevin Limiti/

Student News


The Old Badger: The joy of the old pavilion still make people smile



Editors Policy


BERKSON: ‘Impetuous 30s’ led to Richfield Springs farm

DIROSA: An update arrives from the top of the hill

History Columns

Bound Volumes: June 17, 2021

Hometown History: June 17, 2021


William L. Ross Sr.

Kobey John King

Summer Dreams

Curtain’s up again on live theatre in the region

Concert series to resume at Lakefront

Best Bets

Staff Dining Picks

Curtain’s up again on live theater in the region

Curtain’s up again on
live theater in the region


ONEONTA — It has been a dark time for theater in Otsego County.

In 2020, the Glimmerglass Festival and Fenimore Art Museum each canceled its summer performance seasons because of the coronavirus pandemic.

In Oneonta, Foothills Performing Arts Center went 14 months without a live show, according to Operations Manager Geoff Doyle.

High schools and both Oneonta colleges experimented with streaming virtual theater, performed live without an audience. Local troupes such as the Catskill Puppet Theater and Orpheus Theatre cancelled shows, while Stuff of Dreams Productions pre-recorded performances for later broadcast.

This summer, stage by stage, the lights are back on and theaters are reopening — albeit with some modifications for COVID safety. Theaters have been operating at 33% capacity, with mask requirements in place, but that will change going forward, with an easing of most pandemic requirements from the state.

Otsego communities struggle with housing needs

Otsego communities
struggle with housing needs

By KEVIN LIMITI • Special to

Affordable and available housing remains an issue in Otsego County in general, but particular issues have come up recently in both Cooperstown and Oneonta.

However, both areas are doing their part to amend this issue. Although there has been some backlash, elected officials acknowledge the necessity of creating affordable housing in the area.

A planned development at 10 Chestnut St. in Cooperstown is being considered by the village’s boards.

Francesca Zambello, who partnered with Josh Edmonds of Simple Integrity on the Chestnut Street project, described herself as a “concerned citizen” who was worried about the “really dire housing situation.” Zambello and Edmonds own three connecting lots and have formed their own company, not associated with Glimmerglass or Simple Integrity, to build on the site.

Cooperstown mourns community servant, Kuhn

Cooperstown mourns
community servant, Kuhn

By PATRICK DEWEY • Special to

The Cooperstown community found itself forced to consider life without Santa Claus when Paul Kuhn died Wednesday, June 2, at the age of 83.

Kuhn was perhaps best known as Cooperstown’s Santa Claus, a post that he held with joy and authenticity for 20 years.

According to Molly Myers, a Main Street Christmas helper from a young age, Kuhn’s listening skills and genuine care for people were a big part of what made him the perfect Father Christmas.

A few years younger than Myers, Bella Anania said she remembers eagerly waiting in line with her three siblings to see Kuhn in character. She said that he could relate to any child.

“He embodied the spirit of Christmas,” Anania said.

AllOtsego people: Father-son climbing duo to take on Denali

AllOtsego people

Father-son climbing
duo to take on Denali

By GREG KLEIN • Special to

Father and son climbing team of Tim and Henry Horvath are on the go again, trying to conquer Denali Mountain in Alaska during June.

The father-son team left for Alaska on Monday, June 7.

“It was kind of my idea,” said Henry, 16, who just completed his sophomore year at Middlesex School in Concord, Massachusetts.

“Kind of? I’ve done this before. I didn’t need to do it again,” Tim said, laughing.

“OK, it was my idea,” Henry said.

They were scheduled to fly to Anchorage, then travel to Talkeentna, about 80 miles away, where they can shuttle to the glacial trek of the highest mountain in the United States, at about 20,000 feet.

With about 40 pounds of gear, including two weeks of food, the Horvaths will attempt to summit Denali.

Public forum for potential school merger between Schenevus and Worcester set for Monday, June 14

Public forum for
potential school merger
between Schenevus and Worcester
set for Monday, June 14

STAFF REPORT • Special to

An ongoing series of discussions surrounding the potential of a merger between Schenevus and Worcester central schools is culminating in a public forum that is to be held at 6 p.m., Monday, June 14, at Schenevus’s Draper School, according to a media release.

Discussions of a merger have been long underway in what is called “Merger Mondays,” a monthly meeting to discuss the possibility of the two schools merging.

A walking tour of SCS is also scheduled at 5 p.m., prior to the forum.

This Week — June 3, 2021


The Freeman’s Journal • Hometown Oneonta

June 3, 2021


Rep. Antonio Delgado samples a chocolate-flavored whiskey at the Cooperstown Distillery during a tour Thursday, May 27. Get the full story in this week’s edition of The Freeman’s Journal and Hometown Oneonta.


Education company seeks to fill camp void

AllOtsego people: Milford graduate helping with pandemic relief in Nepal

Cooperstown & Around

City of the Hills

Tour Time

Cooperstown Deputy Mayor Cindy Falk, left, and Otsego 2000 Executive Director Ellen Pope, to Falk’s left, talk about the architecture of an 1800s Federal-style house at 30 Lake St. in Cooperstown, which is known as the oldest corner of the village. The two women gave an architectural tour in the village Monday, May 31, sponsored by Otsego 2000 and the Cooperstown Graduate Program, where Falk is a professor. About 60 people were on two 90-minute trolley tours through the village Monday afternoon. Falk said a similar tour of Oneonta will take place sometime in the future. (Greg Klein/

Inside The Paper

Student News


Outlaws to return for 2021, home opener June 4

From state title to college hoops, Lambert looks for his shot


The Old Badger: Automobiles led to the last of the Mohican

LGBTQ+ rights are still fragile


Editors Policy

New York must address rural EMS issues before a crisis occurs


BERKSON: Whistling with my fingers, thinking of songs

History Columns

Bound Volumes: June 3, 2021

Hometown History: June 3, 2021


Major Richard (Dick) Bratton

Joseph S. Harris

Summer Dreams

Keith Haring: Radiant Vision

Best Bets

Staff Dining Picks

Student News: June 3, 2021

Student News

Molly Potter Pearlman, a 2011 Cooperstown Central School graduate and 2016 magna cum laude graduate of Brandeis University, received the juris doctor degree on May 14, from
City University of New York Law School.

The following students were named to the Nazareth College Spring 2021 Dean’s List: Deirdre Brett of Morris, who is studying public history; Annika DeVries of Burlington Flats, who is studying technical production; Jessica Klem of Richfield Springs, who is studying, history, inclusive education and public health; Morgan Stoecklin of Hartwick, who is studying clinical laboratory sciences. A student’s grade point average must be 3.5 or above. They must complete 12 credit hours to be included on the list.

Cedarville student Ian Bolin of Edmeston, majoring in computer engineering, was named to the Dean’s Honor List for spring 2021. This recognition requires the student to obtain a 3.75 GPA or higher.
Cedarville University 125th commencement programs April 30 to May 1, included the following local graduates: Teagen Bolin of Edmeston, bachelor of arts in visual communication design and Ian Bolin of Edmeston, bachelor of science in computer engineering.

Clarkson University’s spring
2021 commencement in May, which also recognized the 280 August and December 2020 graduates, included graduates: Meg Stebbins of Richfield Springs,
who received a master of arts in teaching of English to speakers of other languages and Mohamed Alarabi of Mount Upton, who received a master of science in engineering management.

Cooperstown & Around: June 3, 2021

Cooperstown & Around

Otsego Outdoors to offer
summer activities challenge

Otsego2000, the Otsego County Conservation Association and the Otsego Land Trust will offer another outdoor activities badge, this one geared to summer activities.

The activities include hiking, kayaking, cycling, canoeing and more.

Those who successfully complete eight of the 16 activities will be awarded an Otsego Outdoors Summer Octet badge.

Go to for more information.

The great outdoors is the focus of an ad campaign to tempt tourists
Destination Marketing Corporation

The great outdoors is the focus of an ad campaign to tempt tourists

STAFF REPORT • Special to

A new advertising campaign by, which is managed by Destination Marketing Corporation, has a focus on outdoor activities with the intention of drawing people to the area post-pandemic.

The website, which now has a page called ‘Get Outside’, will have links to trails, playgrounds and boat rentals among other things.

COVID update for Otsego County

COVID update for Otsego County

STAFF REPORT • Special to

As of Tuesday, June 1, COVID cases in Otsego County have decreased to a 0.6% positivity rate with 1% of tests coming back positive, according to the Otsego County Health Department.

Currently there are 15 active cases with two hospitalizations as a result of COVID.

As COVID cases continue to go down, many businesses and towns are seeing an easing of COVID restrictions.

A mask ordinance in Cooperstown is no longer being enforced while Oneonta is expected to ease its mask ordinance for Main St.

Total cases in Otsego County for 2021 are 4,469 with 63 deaths.


Photos: Rep. Antonio Delgado visits Cooperstown Distillery

Photos: Rep. Antonio Delgado visits Cooperstown Distillery

By KEVIN LIMITI • Special to

Delgado visits Otsego County to tour American Rescue Plan
Antonio Delgado (D-NY14) is shown how the whiskey is poured at Cooperstown Distillery. (Kevin Limiti/

Delgado visits
Otsego County

to tout
American Rescue Plan

By KEVIN LIMITI • Special to

COOPERSTOWN — Rep. Antonio Delgado, D-NY19, appeared in Otsego County on Thursday, May 28, to speak about the money the county will receive from the American Rescue Plan, which he help shepherd through Congress.

Otsego County receive about $11.5 million, he said, half of which has already been delivered, with the other half to follow within a year. Other county towns and villages will also receive money from the act.

“Its been a joy,” Delgado said. “It’s a real testament to what government can do.”

Delgado also praised the bipartisan nature of the politicians that were gathered at the press conference, including State Sen. Peter Oberacker, R-51st District, and State Assemblyman Chris Tague, R-102nd District, and said it is how it should be in all forms of government.

“This is a big deal, people,” Delgado said. “We’re able to get real meaningful dollars to our community.”

Delgado also said that they had to make sure “we had flexibility” to get things done with “something more cooperative.”

“I call that direct democracy,” he said.

Delgado spoke on the importance of getting broadband for the county calling it a “basic necessity.”

THIS WEEK — May 27, 2021


The Freeman’s Journal • Hometown Oneonta

May 27, 2021


Richfield Springs freshman Braydon Misenick, left, and junior Damon Boss spread soil to prepare to plant a vegetable garden in the back of the park at 177 Main St, Richfield Springs, the site of a once dilapidated building now given new life. (Greg Klein/


Dreams Park update opens tourism season

Cooperstown will halt enforcement of mask ordinance

Film COOP to hold location tour for women filmmakers

Cooperstown & Around

City of the Hills

Inside The Paper

Bassett announces partnership with tech employment company

Springfield will host ‘drive-by parade’ for Fourth of July

Wall Work

Antony Leanardo of Oneonta paints “the wall” in preparation for the Hartwick College graduation Saturday, May 29. (Korey Rowe/


Idelson aims for smooth Hall transition, induction

Schenevus softball powers past Milford in T-V battle

Regatta switches to virtual event for 2021


Film COOP’s event is just the beginning for new industry here

Education is key to fighting hatred


Views from around New York State


Sovocool’s spirit shined on the roads of life


Editors Policy


BERKSON: Raccoon in the hen house starts raucous battle

History Columns

Bound Volumes: May 27, 2021

Hometown History: May 27, 2021

Richfield community creates park

Cooperstown KOA to stage outdoor summer movie series


Stanley G. Smith

Richard Duncan

John R. Sovocool

Patricia A. Romaine

Joseph G. Smaila, III

Regatta switches to virtual event for 2021

Regatta switches to
virtual event for 2021

By KEVIN LIMITI • Special to

Erica Collier of Cooperstown and John Collier of Richmondville race in the Mixed CC Endurance class of the 2018 General Clinton Canoe Regatta. (Cherly Clough/

The General Clinton Canoe Regatta, which is traditionally held Memorial Day, will be held virtually this year, because of the coronavirus pandemic.

“We have exhausted all other options,” the General Clinton Canoe Regatta website read.

There will be no winners or awards this year, but racers will be credited with finishes, according to event organizers.

Participants will be provided with a GPS in order to get credit for their finish on the 70 mile course. Those who finish will receive a t-shirt and an official 70-mile finish credit.

In addition, there will be no activities in General Clinton Park, because of the pandemic.

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