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School Spirit Soars At Hartwick Hawk Night

School Spirit Soars

At Hartwick Hawk Night

The Lambros Arena was packed with cheering students this evening watching their classmates compete in various challenges for a chance to win big money and big prizes during the sixth annual Hartwick Hawk Night Fever event. Above, freshman Lamar Flood and Alex Guillaume strain with the rest of their team as they face off against sophomores in a tug-of-war contest. At right, Cassandra Robatelle preforms a kicking hand stand during a dance competition, of which she took first place. Originally created to build hype before a game, the event has turned into an evening of fun and games celebrating the students and their school spirit. (Ian Austin/

OJCA Honors Community Partner 2018 Hall of Fame Inductees

OJC Adds Community Friends

To 2018 Hall of Fame Class

From right: Qimane Williams, Bob the Bulldog, and Chris Kuhn, Director of the Oneonta Job Corps Academy, stand with the 2018 inductees into the OJCA Community partner Hall of Fame Inductees Ian Austin, The Oneonta Teen Center and Hometown Oneonta, Betty Lee, NAACP and Human Rights Commission, Kaler Carpenter, Club Odyssey, Jeanette Mulford, Days For Girls, Vanessa Pellegrino, NY Goat Yoga, and Alan Donovan, Friends of Oneonta Municipal Airport and GOHS. The six were honored for their support and involvement with the OJCA students in a brief ceremony before the start of the 5th annual community softball game between Oneonta Job Corps Academy and The Family Resource Network, this evening at Damaschke Field. (Libby Cudmore/


Astroturf Picnic Area Installed At Damaschke

Astroturf Picnic Area

Installed At Damaschke

Oneonta Outlaws owners Gary and Karen Laing watch a crew from Chenango Contracting, Johnson City, install a circular Astroturf baseball at Damaschke Field’s front gate today. The Laings plan to add picnic tables for the convenience of fans. Laying the baseball-shaped fabric are, from left, Jason Metzger, Binghamton, Lucas DePofi, Endicott, and Sean Lee, Binghamton.  Chenango Contracting just completed Astroturing the baseball and football fields at OHS.  (Jim Kevlin/
Repairs Underway After Clark Upgrade


Repairs Underway

After Clark Upgrade

Due to condensation problems, crews today were removing the roof over the new Olympic-size swimming pool at the recently renovated Clark Sports Center in Cooperstown.  Repairs, due to begin in September, will replace tiles from the floor in the athletic facility’s lobby that began to pop up a few months ago, apparently due to moisture beneath.   At some point, the pool will be closed for five or six weeks, and directional signs will be placed in the lobby to guide members to the gym and other offerings.  The sports center completed an 18-month renovation and expansion in June 2017.  (Jim Kevlin/
53,000 Puts This Year’s Class At Second Biggest


52,000 Puts This Year’s

Class At Second Biggest

Not only was the Hall of Fame Induction Class of 2018 the biggest since 1971, it was watched by the second-biggest crowd on record: 52,000, the Hall estimates, second only to Ripken-Gwynn’s 2007 record of 83,000. Posing with their plaques a few minutes ago are, from left, Vladimir Guerrero, Trevor Hoffman, Chipper Jones, Jack Morris, Alan Trammel and Jim Thome.  Absent this year was Homer Osterhoudt, (inset photo) who passed away June 30 at age 100, having attending all but three Inductions since the first in 1939.  His son Darrell and daughter-in-law Priscilla reserved a seat for him nonetheless. (Jim Kevlin/




“Mi Tierra! Mi Tierra!” – Raymon Garcia leads the cheers for a group of friends from the Dominican Republican, here to cheer Vladimir Guerrero and other members of the Class of 2018 in the Parade of Legends, which ended a few minutes ago in downtown Cooperstown.   It was too much excitement for Nolan Peet, a baseball fan for 6 months, who attended the parade with dad Steve and mom Marybeth.  The Lewes, Del., family has a family home in the Cooperstown area; this is the Philly fans’ 17th consecutive Hall of Fame Weekend.  The next big event is Induction at 1:30 p.m. Sunday at the Clark Sports Center.  (Jim Kevlin, George Thabault/ photos)

Hall Opens Pop-Up Shop In Former General Store

Hall Opens Pop-Up Shop

In Former General Store

The Hall of Fame gift shop has opened a pop-up store this weekend next door to 25 Main St. in the former Cooperstown General Store, which closed in the spring.  Available are caps, shirts and other memorabilia related to this weekend’s Class of 2018 inductees. Here, supervisor Kristy Hoos of Sloansville rings up customers. Inset, twins Emma and Ella of Greenwood, S.C., peruse the offerings. The girls are Braves fans. (Jim Kevlin/

Main Street Crowds Starting To Gather


Main Street Crowds

Starting To Gather

As of noon today, some fans were thinking ahead to 6 p.m. Saturday and  Induction Weekend’s Parade of Legends:  They had already set up their chairs across from the Hall of Fame entrance on the post office’s sidewalk to get the best view of the game’s best players entering a VIP reception at 25 Main St.   From left are Stephen Burnett, Brooklyn, Angels fan;  Claudia and Glenn Kay, Hauppauge, L.I., Mets fans; Dave Fylipek, Town of Queensbury, Yankee fan; and John Hower, Berwick Pa., Orioles fan.  In the second row are Sharon Manning, Severna Park, Md. Orioles, and Bill Pulver, Schenectady.  Some of the fans plan to sit there through the night, reserving their front row seats.  Inset is Denny McLain, the beloved Detroit Tiger from the 1960s; also signing this afternoon were Goose Gossage, Juan Marichal, Rollie Fingers and other standouts.  (Jim Kevlin/

Governor Confirms Newspapers’ Report: $3M For Doubleday


Governor Confirms

Newspapers’ Report:

$3M For Doubleday

Mayor Tillapaugh announce the first $1 million for Doubleday Field – from Senator Seward – in May. Yesterday, the governor dropped the second shoe. ( photo)

COOPERSTOWN – As expected, the Village of Cooperstown has been awarded a state grant of up to $3 million to support rehabilitation efforts and upgrades that will modernize and preserve the historic Doubleday Field.

The news was first reported in The Freeman’s Journal and Hometown Oneonta on May 17-18.  The governor made the official announcement yesterday.

Here is the rest of Governor Cuomo’s press release:

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