ONEONTA — Mayoral candidates and Common Council members Len Carson, R-Fifth Ward, and Mark Drank, D-Eighth Ward, discussed a range of topics at a virtual debate hosted by the League of Women Voters via Zoom on Wednesday, Oct. 20.
Among the topics discussed were economic development, town-gown relations and housing.
Neither candidate had major disagreements on fundamental issues, although their approach to developing Market Street differed.
In his opening statement, Drnek touted how he set up the “Survive and Thrive” campaign in response to COVID, as well as a town-gown task force in order to improve relations between the city and the colleges.
Sixth seeded Milford/Laurens advanced to the second round of the Section IV Class D boys soccer tournament with a 2-0 win over No. 11 Edmeston on Tuesday, Oct. 19, in Laurens.
The Cats took only 39 seconds to get on the scoreboard as Brock Mann beat a Edmeston defender and threaded a pass past two other Panthers to an open Donta Sherwood, who ran onto it and fired it into the net past goalie Bryce Bolton.
The score would remain 1-0 until 10 minutes left in the second half when M/L’s Martin Thorsland had a throw in that bounced in the box before Riley Stevens slammed it past Bolton, putting the hosts up, 2-0.
Chase Long got the shut out for Milford/Laurens (12-5), which advances to play at No. 3 seeded Downsville on Friday, Oct 22.
There will be two Halloween events on Saturday, Oct. 30, in the Town of Hartwick.
In conjunction with the Hartwick Historical Society, there will be a “spirited stroll” through the Hartwick Cemetery where knowledgeable guides will speak about legends, folklore and history from Hartwick. This will be a 3 p.m.
Glimmerglass Festival Artistic and General Director Francesca Zambello announced the 2022 festival will be her 12th and final season in her leadership role with the company.
“My years with The Glimmerglass Festival have been the best of my life,” Zambello said in a media release Friday, Oct 15. “I got married and built a home here with Faith and our son, Jackson, and the Cooperstown community has become an integral part of our lives. I am so proud of this company and all we have accomplished over the last decade. This is not goodbye; it is a time of transition and excitement for this company I adore. I am excited to witness and support the beginning for the next era of the ever-evolving Glimmerglass Festival.”
Cooperstown’s boys soccer team finished the regular season 15-0 and will get a No. 2 seed and first-round bye in the Section III Class C tournament.
The Hawkeyes will host a game at 3:30 p.m. Cooperstown will play the winner of No. 7 Tully and No. 10 Bishop Ludden, who are scheduled to play a first-round game at 6 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 20, in Tully.
ONEONTA — Franklin won its first Tri-Valley League boys soccer title, with Unatego sharing the glory; the Schenevus girls won another pre-merger title; and Unatego continued its dominance in Midstate Athletic Conference girls soccer play in championship game action Saturday, Oct. 16, at Wright National Soccer Campus.
The morning games were played in almost balmy weather but by afternoon, the games were taking place in stormy weather.
Colby Diamond scored twice and Luca Gardner-Olesen had a goal and an assist as Cooperstown stayed undefeated in boys soccer with a 3-0 senior-night win over visiting Frankfort-Schuyler on Friday, Oct. 15, in a Center State Conference non-division match.
Aidan Spencer and Ollie Wasson had assists for the Hawkeyes, which out shot F-S, 35-5, and had a 5-2 advantage in corner kicks.
Cooperstown (15-0) paid tribute to seniors Dillon Burns, Gardner-Olesen, Finn Holohan, Gavin Lesko, Max Porto, Reisen Sheldon, Liam Spencer and Declan White.
Cooperstown’s last scheduled regular-season game, Saturday’s rematch with Division II champ Utica Academy of Science, has been canceled because of projected bad weather, clinching a perfect regular-season record for the Hawkeyes.
The Atoms closed the season with 12 wins in a row after losing, 7-2, at Cooperstown on Sept. 9.
Cooperstown, F-S and UAS await Section III Class C seedings, which will be announced Sunday, Oct. 17.
Mayor Ellen Tillapaugh dedicated a tree on Brooklyn Avenue in Cooperstown in honor of Dennis Tallman, Friday, Oct. 15.
Family members of Dennis Tallman were present at the ceremony for Arbor Day, which normally runs on the last Friday of April but was delayed because of COVID.
“Dennis was an invaluable member of our Village who volunteered his time and service to make our Village a better place,” Tillapaugh said.
Dennis Tallman, who served on the village tree committee, worked to enhance “the natural beauty of our community and ensured that generations can benefit from and enjoy the trees he planted and nurtured.”
A Catalpa tree was planted in his honor which Tillapaugh said are “beautiful trees with large white flowers in Spring.”
Aidan Spencer had a hat trick and Colby Diamond had two goals and two assists as Cooperstown finished Center State Conference Division III play undefeated with an 8-0 win over Mount Markham in West Winfield in a boys soccer match Thursday, Oct. 14.
Liam Spencer scored a goal and had an assist for the Hawkeyes, which also got goals from Ollie Wasson and Declan White, as well as two assists from Luca Garnder-Olesen and one assist from Ben Agostino.
Cooperstown (14-0, 10-0) closes its regular-season play with senior night at 4:30 p.m., Friday, Oct. 15, against visiting Frankfort-Schuyler, and then a game at Division II champion Utica Academy of Science at 6:30 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 16.
Candidates for Otsego County Board of Representatives in District 5, Emily Popek and incumbent Meg Kennedy, took time to answer questions in a debate hosted by the League of Women Voters, Thursday, Oct. 14.
The debate was held virtually with questions being submitted to an email provided by the League of Women Voters of Cooperstown. Kennedy is a conservative and Popek is a Democrat.
District 5, the largest in the county, by proportional representation, including the towns of Hartwick, Milford and Pittsfield.
Originally, other local races, including the Hartwick town supervisor, were supposed to be represented. But, according to moderator Maureen Murray, there needed to be more than two candidates represented and District Five was the only race which met this threshold.
Full-scale masterpieces, representing more than 500 years of fashion, history and artifice, expressed in paper by celebrated contemporary Belgian artist Isabelle de Borchgrave, will be showcased in “Fashioning Art from Paper,” opening Saturday, Oct. 17, in the Munson-Williams-Proctor Institute in Utica.
Through her manipulation of paper and paint, de Borchgrave fashions meticulously detailed reinterpretations of historic garments found in early European paintings and collections from around the world. Her work includes representations of the Renaissance finery of the Medici family, gowns worn by Queen Elizabeth I and creations of the grand courtiers of the 19th and 20th centuries.
Cooperstown’s most famous boat, Chief Uncas, is moving to a new home.
The 55-foot-long boat, which is 109 years old and has been ridden by President Herbert Hoover, among other dignitaries, is set to be moved to Lake Clarke, Pennsylvania, so it can give boat tours on the Susquehanna River by the Susquehanna National Heritage Area.
Mark Platts, president of the Susquehanna National Heritage Area, said he has gotten “very intimate” with the boat, which has become a staple for Otsego Lake.
“We’ve come to appreciate how much people in Cooperstown really care about this boat,” Platts said, who mentioned he traveled up to Cooperstown seven times. “I think people’s reaction to this boat is just visceral, emotional.”
It appears the summer surge of COVID-19 in the United States is abating.
Numbers are going down except in the hardest hit states. The average number of deaths last week was approximately 1,800 per day and the number of daily infections is about 100,000. These seem to be trending down but if they flare up again and represent averages over the long-term we are talking about 675,000 deaths per year. By comparison, in the United States, the flu kills somewhere between 10,000 and 50,000 people a year. If the flu pandemic of 1918 is any guideline, we should expect further surges with the number and severity of the surges dying out eventually.