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Fire destroys cabin near Portlandville on Saturday

Fire destroys cabin near Portlandville on Saturday

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Smoke and fire could be seen through the trees on Route 28 north of Portlandville on Saturday, May 15, as the Milford Fire Department  responded to the blaze. (Cheryl Clough/
The Milford Fire Department responded to a structure fire Saturday, May 15, on county Route 35, at the end of Friis Lane in the town of Milford.
A cabin in the woods near the Susquehanna River was a complete loss, but no one was reported hurt in the blaze.
Poulson strikes out 15 as Cooperstown baseball improves to 6-0

Poulson strikes out 15 as
Cooperstown baseball improves to 6-0

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Cooperstown senior right hander Alex Poulson struck out 15 Canastota batters during six scoreless innings as the Hawkeyes improved to 6-0 with a 10-0 win at Canastota on Saturday, May 15.

Cooperstown broke the game open with a seven-run sixth inning.

Chris Ubner had two hits, an RBI and a run scored and Kendall Haney and Derek Moore each scored two runs for Cooperstown (6-0, 1-0), which hosts Sauquoit Valley in a Center State Conference game Monday, May 17, at Doubleday Field.

Police gather in Cooperstown for community outreach

Police gather in Cooperstown for community outreach

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Cooperstown Officer Katie Mulcare helps set up a safety identification for 5-year-old Joseph Buscema at Pioneer Park in Cooperstown on Saturday, May 15. (Greg Klein/


COOPERSTOWN –  In honor of National Police Week, officers from the village of Cooperstown Police Department, the New York State Police and the Otsego County Sheriff’s Department met with members of the community Saturday, May 15, in Pioneer Park.

The officers gave out safety information, showed off a K-9 officer and met with members of the community, many of whom thanked the officers for their service.

The get together was the idea of Cooperstown Police Chief Frank Cavalieri, who said he wanted community members to get to know his and other police officers in a different way.

“I want people to know we are human, just like everybody else,” Cavalieri said. “I want to restore trust between police departments and the communities they serve.”

National Police Week is from Sunday, May 9 to Saturday, May 15.

Martin’s three-hit shutout leads Edmeston over Sharon/CV-S

Martin’s three-hit shutout leads Edmeston over Sharon/CV-S

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Josh Martin shut out Sharon Springs/Cherry Valley Springfield for seven innings and went 1-for-3 with two runs and an RBI to lead Edmeston to a 9-0 win in a Tri-Valley League baseball game Friday, May 14, in Cherry Valley.

Martin had nine strikeouts and no walks, giving up three scattered hits to SS/CV-S.

Ubner’s grand slam powers Coop to senior day win
Cooperstown’s seniors pose with Cooperstown baseball coach Frank Miosek before the senior game on Friday, May 14. With them are two of the players’ fathers, Bruce Haney and Brian Hascup, who were on Miosek’s first Cooperstown team, 30 years ago. From left: Bruce Haney, Kendall Haney, Alex Hage, Alex Poulson, Chris Ubner, Frank Miosek, Alex Hascup, Derek Moore and Brian Hascup. (Greg Klein/

Ubner’s grand slam powers Coop to senior day win

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COOPERSTOWN – Chris Ubner hit a grand slam home run and pitched four scoreless innings for the win as Cooperstown dominated visiting Frankfort-Schuyler, 14-1, during the Hawkeyes senior-day game at Doubleday Field on Friday, May 14.

Cooperstown led 11-0 before F-S got on the scoreboard off reliever Derek Moore in the sixth inning. Treston Emerick relieved Moore and got out of a bases loaded, one-out jam, getting two outs on four pitches. Emerick finished the game with a scoreless seventh inning.

Former Morris treasurer gets probation, community service for stealing from school

Former Morris treasurer gets probation,
community service for stealing from school

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State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli announced Friday, May 14, that the former treasurer for Morris Central School has been sentenced for stealing form the district.

Kristina Hand was sentenced Thursday, May 13, in federal court for stealing $34,000 from the Morris Central School District, according to a media release from DiNapoli’s office.

Berkman, Swedick win NYS PGA Jr titles at Leatherstocking

Berkman, Swedick win
NYS PGA Jr. titles at Leatherstocking

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Kennedy Swedick
Tyler Berkman

COOPERSTOWN –  The New York State PGA Junior Championship, an invitational tournament where the best young golf players from New York compete, took place Sunday, May 9, at the Leatherstocking Golf Course, with Tyler Berkman, 15, of Potsdam, and Kennedy Swedick, 14, of Albany, winning for the boys and girls overall divisions respectively.

The championship was reduced to a single 18-hole round because of rain and course conditions from bad weather Saturday, May 8.

Berkman scored 38-37 – 75 for two over par, one shot better than the closest competitor, Kieren Cummins of Loudonville.

Swedick scored 38-39 – 77 five over par and cemented her victory also one shot above her competitor, Lily Zhang of Williamsville.





The Dog Charmer: Doggy Dementia?

The Dog Charmer

Doggy Dementia?

Do 17-year-old Momo’s changing habits indicate doggy dementia?

Dear Dog Charmer,

Momo is my sweet, funny 17-year-old, 17-lb Coton de Tulear. I adopted him 10 years ago after retirement.

Spunky in spite of his age, he is somewhat fussy about his food but eats a healthy meal midday and loves his treats.

He is rewarded with a different one each time he comes inside after going out to do his business—usually 4 times a day. Momo sleeps more now that he is aging, but he is otherwise healthy and content.

He is friendly with everyone but follows me from room to room when I am home—which is most of the time. And he seems anxious even if I’m out for 5 minutes to pick up the mail—pacing from room to room, apparently looking for me, according to my husband.

I love the little guy, but he has developed a somewhat unseemly behavior in the past nine months.

Pandemic Proof? Canoe & Kayak plans expansion

Pandemic Proof?

Canoe & Kayak plans expansion

By GREG KLEIN • Special to

Canoe & Kayak Rentals and Sales has always been a family business, owner Brent Baysinger said. Now, with business booming, he shows his 10-month-old son, Ben, the ropes. (Greg Klein/

PORTLANDVILLE – Brent Baysinger looks over the calm waters of Goodyear Lake and the growing business empire he has built on its banks and said it feels humbling.

“I am blessed,” he said. “I think the biggest thing is I am just so thankful for the support, not only from family and friends but also the local community.”

Baysinger, a 2000 Cooperstown Central School graduate, was doing hospitality work in Vail, Colorado, in his 20s, when he said his mother, Lonetta, proposed a business idea.

“I very much grew up a water kid,” Baysinger said. “It was actually my mom who had the idea first. She was the one who was living here and had her finger on the pulse and saw there was a need for this. I was ready for a change and I always liked to be my own boss and do my own thing.

“I basically had the opportunity to start this, and being outdoors and on the water, I didn’t have to think long about it,” he continued.

Canoe & Kayak Rentals and Sales launched in 2009 in the town of Milford, along state Route 28. Although the economy was still reeling from the 2008 recession, the weather gave Baysinger’s business a break.

Jeanne W. Carey 85: Member Otsego Sailing Club, Taught Rug Hooking

In Memoriam

Jeanne W. Carey 85

Member Otsego Sailing Club, Taught Rug Hooking

Jeanne W. Carey

Jeanne W. Carey, 85, died Monday May 4, 2020 at Valley Terrace Assisted Living in Wilder, VT.

She was born May 2, 1935 in Flushing, NY a daughter of John and Helen (Fritschi) Wilmarth. Jeanne grew up in Bayville, NY, graduating from Oyster Bay High School before attending Cornell University School of Nursing where she earned her bachelor of science degree in Nursing. She was married to Edward James Carey Jr. in 1957 and they made their home and raised a family in Cooperstown, NY.

During this time, she became a teacher in the art of rug hooking and was active in the Ostego Sailing Club. After her husband’s death in 1986 she returned to her nursing career, eventually becoming a licensed EMT for the health department of Carrier Corporation in Syracuse, NY. After her retirement she moved to the Sterling Springs Community in White River Jct., VT. Jeanne has been a resident at Valley Terrace for the past year.



May 13, 2021

Compiled by Tom Heitz/SHARON STUART, with resources
courtesy of The Fenimore Art Museum Research Library

135 Years Ago

The first locomotive explosion that ever occurred on the Albany & Susquehanna railroad occurred on Tuesday afternoon about one-half mile east of Schenevus, a few rods east of what is known as DeLong’s swamp. The result was disastrous, the engine being blown to pieces and completely wrecked, killing the engineer and badly injuring the fireman, beside tearing up the track and doing other damage. The train was a wildcat of some 12 or 15 gondolas, Shepard Edick, conductor, James Gleason, engineer, and Abisha E. Loucks, fireman. The engine was No. 159 – one of the huge moguls, the cab of which rests over the boiler. The train was moving at a speed not to exceed 12 miles an hour. Those nearest the scene describe the report as terrific. Houses in Schenevus village, half a mile away, were shaken as if by an earthquake.

May 1886

Puppet theater to return to Oneonta

Puppet theater to return to Oneonta

By KEVIN LIMITI • Special to

Carol Mandigo poses with some of her puppets in this undated photo.

A puppet theater with local roots will perform an old time musical with a modern message in Oneonta on Friday, May 14 and Saturday, May 15.

The Catskill Puppet Theater, which has been around since the late 1970s, will be performing “The Villain’s Mustache,” which is described on their website as a “lively musical” and a “traditional old-time melodrama.”

“The play is fast paced and exciting enough to hold the attention of even the youngest children but contains enough real drama and good music to grab the audience as well,” said the website description.

“It’s a cool show for Oneonta because it’s about the old railway,” Carol Mandigo said, co-founder of the Catskill Puppet Theater.

Little Nell, the show’s young heroine, struggles when her family falls on hard times. They come to the city in order to make money where she meets a ragtime piano player named Moe and a hobo named Curley.

Audiences are encouraged to get involved by cheering, shouting advice or booing at the characters.

Valerie Louise Porter, 69 Unadilla’s Favorite Waitress

In Memoriam

Valerie Louise Porter, 69
Unadilla’s Favorite Waitress

Valerie L. Porter

Valerie Louise Porter, 69, passed away with her family by her side on April 19, 2021, due to her long battle with cancer. Valerie was born on February 15, 1952, in Sidney, NY, a daughter of the late Robert and Marjorie (Lovelace) Porter.

Valerie is survived by her loving children; Donnie, Vicki (Michael), Bridget (Neil), John (Stephanie), and Amanda (Jeff); ten grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren as well as one little Porter on the way. She also leaves behind her brothers, Robert (Nancy), Terry, and David Porter.

Unatego’s Couperthwait pitches no-hitter vs UV/GMU

Unatego’s Couperthwait
pitches no-hitter vs UV/GMU

Madison Couperthwait pitched a no-hitter as Unatego topped a combined squad from Unadilla Valley and Gilbertsville-Mount Upton, 12-0, Friday, May 7, in a Midstate Athletic Conference softball game.

Couperthwait struck out 14 batters in seven innings for the Spartans.

Alexa Lucia and Jenna Faulkner each went 3-for-3 for Unatego, which improved to 2-0 in league and overall.

Hannah Bonczkowski took the loss for UV/GMU.

U 12, UV/GMU 0
UV/GMU 000 000 0 – 0
U …………..350 130 0 – 12
Winning Pitcher: Madison Couperthwait.
Losing Pitcher: Hannah Bonczkowski.

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