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Donations to Food Pantry Will Be Doubled in November, December

Donations to Food Pantry Will
Be Doubled in November, December

COOPERSTOWN—Following an increase in the number of people requesting food, The Scriven Foundation will match donations to the Cooperstown Food Pantry, up to $7,500.00, through December.

This year, the food pantry is serving an average of 463 people each month, a 30 percent increase compared to 2021. People who would like to support the work of the Cooperstown Food Pantry can donate via PayPal on the website, cooperstownfoodpantry.org, or mail a check to the Cooperstown Food Pantry, Inc. at 25 Church Street, Cooperstown, NY 13326.

People in need of food assistance should call (607) 547-8902.

Making Democracy Work Close to Home: A Conversation with Local Officials

Making Democracy Work Close to Home:
A Conversation with Local Officials

Ben Bauer and David Bliss. (Photos provided)

The League of Women Voters of the Cooperstown Area will sponsor an informal discussion with Chairman of the Otsego County Board of Representatives Dave Bliss and Town of Otsego Supervisor Ben Bauer on Monday, November 28 at 6:30 p.m. in the Clark Sports Center Community Room.

The two lawmakers will speak on the importance of running for office, delineating its challenges and rewards, and what compelled them to run for office and serve their friends and neighbors. This event is free and open to the public.

Structure Fire

Structure Fire in Fly Creek

A raging fire broke out in Fly Creek off of county highway 26 at the intersection with Stone House Road on the morning of Friday, November 25. Though local emergency responders arrived early to the scene, it had already consumed much of the structure. We’ve been told the entire family was evacuated successfully.

CCS Promotes Anti-Bullying Campaign

CCS Promotes Anti-Bullying Campaign

Sweethearts & Heroes’ Tom Murphy, Pat Fish, and Rick Yarosh visited Cooperstown Central School to spread their message of HOPE, Empathy, and Action. (Photo provided)

Cooperstown Central School District hosted Sweethearts & Heroes, a self-proclaimed “student empowerment and empathy activation team that prevents bullying and suicide,” as part of the school’s commitment to “creating a safe environment where children can thrive, socially and academically, without being afraid.”

“We are so excited to partner with Sweethearts & Heroes to build practices aimed at building community and belonging, supporting social and emotional development, and helping students understand their role as community members,” said Amy Malcuria, vice principal of CCSD.

IBRAHIM: Flu, COVID-19 and Hospital Happenings

Flu, COVID-19 and Hospital Happenings

By DR. TOMMY IBRAHIM

Monthly news and insights by Dr. Tommy Ibrahim, president and CEO of Bassett Healthcare Network

I am honored to have the opportunity to reach you through “The Freeman’s Journal and Hometown Oneonta.” Each month I will keep you up to date on emerging public health information, share the latest news from Bassett Healthcare Network, talk about health trends in the news, address your questions and concerns, and discuss ways you and your family can stay healthy.

At Bassett, we are dedicated to improving the health of our patients and wellbeing of our communities. With flu season right around the corner, we want to make sure you and your family are protected. Being vaccinated against the flu not only protects you, it also protects people around you who are more vulnerable to flu, such as people 65 and older, pregnant women, people with chronic health conditions or lowered immunity, and young children. The flu can also cause certain health conditions—like diabetes, asthma, heart, and lung disease—to become worse. So, protect yourself and those around you. Everyone 6 months of age and older should get the flu vaccine each year.

This Week – 11-17-22

THIS WEEK’S NEWSPAPERS

The Freeman’s Journal • Hometown Oneonta

November 17, 2022

PHOTO OF THE WEEK

Mural Moment

COOPERSTOWN—The Cooperstown Chamber of Commerce will celebrate the completion of a mural project on the back of its cottage with a ceremonial ribbon cutting on Friday, November 18 at 10:30 a.m. The mural, created by artist Kelcy Kimmerer, was an initiative of the chamber’s 501(c)3 arm, The Cooperstown Foundation, to help build the presence of public art in Cooperstown. (Photo by May-Britt Joyce)

FRONT PAGE

Former School Houses Luxury Apartments

Chobani Donates Gifts To
Help St. James Food Programs

Benton to Run for County Clerk

Ommegang Brews for Veterans

Inside The Paper

Cherry Valley Native’s IPO Market Exposé the Culmination of Two-Year Effort

Books, Volunteers Sought for Collection

November 19 Concert To Feature
Noted Polish-American Violinist

SUNY Professor To Speak on Antiracism

Film Plastic Recycling Challenge Returns

Sports

Pinned and Proud

NBHoF Class of 2022 Vets Honored

SUNY Athletic Trainer Leads State Group

World Series Treasures Headed to Cooperstown

Perspectives

Editorial

Bassett: A Beginning

Columns

IBRAHIM: Flu, COVID-19 and Hospital Happenings

Life Sketches: The Ritz Crossing

Noteworthy: Post-election Activities Full of Positivity, Unity

Letters

STRAUB: Last Week’s Letter Clarified

HILL: GASO Opportunity for Smokers To Quit

Hamill: SUNY Oneonta Is On the Right Track

CUMMINGS: Polly Renckens Lauded for Service

LORD: Many Hands Protect Otsego Lake

NORTHRUP: Communities Urged To Safeguard Lake

BOUND VOLUMES

Bound Volumes: 11-17-22

Hometown History: 11-17-22

Obituaries

Elizabeth H. Gilbert

Kent Robert Hoyt, Jr.

Richard ‘Dick’ Shutts

Gracie Wilsey

CALENDAR

Happenin’ Otsego

Editorial – Bassett: A Beginning
Editorial

Bassett: A Beginning

Susan Fenimore Cooper

Over 150 years ago, in 1867, Susan Fenimore Cooper—the visionary daughter of our illustrious James Fenimore Cooper—founded the Thanksgiving Hospital, the first such hospital in the Village of Cooperstown and, so it’s told, in the state. Dedicated to the “weak and suffering among the population of Otsego County and the adjoining counties,” it had 16 beds. At the time Cooperstown was a small rural community with 1,600 people.

Established in appreciation of the end of the Civil War, the Thanksgiving Hospital was guided for three decades by Miss Cooper, working closely with Dr. Wilson T. Bassett, an Otsego County-born son of a veterinary surgeon who had emigrated from England in 1815. When Bassett began his medical practice in the 1840s, in Mount Vision, there were 60 physicians in Otsego County, six of them in Cooperstown.

Cooperstown Trustee and former Deputy Elections Commissioner MacGuire Benton Announces Candidacy for Otsego County Clerk

Cooperstown Trustee and former Deputy Elections Commissioner MacGuire Benton Announces Candidacy for Otsego County Clerk

MacGuire Benton

Cooperstown Village Trustee and former Deputy Elections Commissioner MacGuire Benton announced his candidacy for Otsego County Clerk today.

“I’m excited to announce my candidacy for Otsego County Clerk. As Clerk, I’ll deliver efficient, high quality services to the residents of Otsego County. As we begin this campaign, I’m eager to hear from people about how the clerk’s office and the department of motor vehicles can better serve them. From reopening a DMV office in Oneonta to innovative ways to use technology to improve efficiency and access, I will show how effective local government can be at getting
things done for people.

Event Raising Funds for Meds

Event Raising Funds for Meds

ONEONTA—The St. James Mission Team will host a “Grand Breakfast” fund-raiser on Saturday, November 19 from 8 a.m. to noon, in order to raise funds for much-needed medicine.

St. James Episcopal Church is located at 305 Main Street, Oneonta. The pancake and sausage breakfast event is by donation.

Sorbera Cleans Up Main Street on Sophomore Service Day

Sorbera Cleans Up Main
Street on Sophomore Service Day

(Photo provided)

ONEONTA—Tanner Sorbera of Burlington Flats was one of nine students from SUNY Oneonta who participated in the college’s first Sophomore Service Day event on Saturday, October 15. From 1-4 p.m., the students washed the outside of nearly every Main Street storefront window, with additional help from three volunteers from the college’s wrestling team. This event was the first service day specifically for sophomores, allowing the participating students to acquaint themselves with the community while making a difference. Sorbera is studying Criminal Justice at SUNY Oneonta.

THIS WEEK: 11-10-22
Opera Streaming Service Off to Good Start at Foothills

Opera Streaming Service
Off to Good Start at Foothills

By CASPAR EWIG

Death, both as the tragic end to a love story and as the culmination of a lover’s revenge, marked the start of the 2022-2023 Metropolitan Opera’s “Live in HD” streaming series at the Foothills Performing Arts & Civic Center.

Ironically, the streaming series narrowly avoided near tragedy itself before it had even begun. The Foothills needed to update its receiving equipment to accommodate a change in the Met’s transmission, the cost of which would have amounted to half of the expected ticket sales. When added to the 50 percent of ticket sales the Foothills pays as the price for receiving the stream, it would have meant the series would not have netted any income.

‘Salute to Veterans’ Concert is Sunday

‘Salute to Veterans’ Concert is Sunday

The Oneonta Community Concert Band will honor veterans with marches, melodies, and more at the Foothills Performing Arts and Civic Center in downtown Oneonta at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 13.

Conductor Andrew D. Pease will lead the traditional Salute to Veterans concert of patriotic music. The program will feature familiar historic marches and medleys along with newer pieces.

‘Luminosity/Luminous Streets’ exhibit marks tenth Glimmerglass Film Days

‘Luminosity/Luminous Streets’ exhibit
marks tenth Glimmerglass Film Days

“Zoonomia,” a film by Yeon Jin Kim, is currently on view at The Smithy.
(Film still from Zoonomia by Yeon Jin Kim)

COOPERSTOWN—Art exhibitions have been a feature of Glimmerglass Film Days for nine of its 10 years, and this year’s exhibition at The Smithy extends to storefronts in the Village of Cooperstown.

“Luminosity/Luminous Streets” will run from November 5-19. “Luminosity” is a four-person show at The Smithy featuring light sculptures by Daniel Buckingham and contemporary video art by Ariana Gerstein, Yeon Jin Kim, and Tomonari Nishihara. The video artists are each on the art faculty at SUNY Binghamton, and Buckingham is a professor at PrattMWP College of Art and Design in Utica. In addition to The Smithy show, “Luminous Streets” will feature light sculptures and video art in 13 Cooperstown storefronts along Main and Pioneer streets. This ambitious project includes light sculptures from the Quest for Light Collective, curated by Buckingham, and video works curated by Kim.

Area Filmmakers Awarded Top Prize at California Film Festival

Area Filmmakers Awarded Top
Prize at California Film Festival

Mel Vapour (right), executive director of the East Bay Media Center and co-founder of the Berkeley Video Film Festival, presents filmmakers Joseph C. Stillman and Jeri Wachter with the 2022 BVFF “Grand Festival/State of the Nation Award” for their documentary film, “Something in the Water.” (Photo by Maria Farrington)

By TED MEBUST

Gilbertsville’s own Jeri Wachter and Joseph C. Stillman were proud recipients of the Berkeley Video Film Festival’s “Grand Festival/State of the Nation Award” on October 28 in California. Their feature documentary, “Something in the Water,” was recognized at the 31st annual BVFF, an event which highlights achievement in electronic, independent filmmaking and provides a platform for media coverage.

“We’re honored to be recognized by such a prestigious organization because, like them, we believe this country has a lot of wounds that need to be healed and in a small way, our film addresses those needs through the testimonies of people across America,” stated Stillman.

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