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Over 50 Years, CGP Students Gather 1,800 Oral Histories

Over 50 Years, CGP Students Gather 1,800 Oral Histories

By LIBBY CUDMORE•The Freeman’s Journal

Edition of Thursday, Sept. 25

Professor Will Walker currently oversees the Oral History collection, compiled since the CGP’s founding in 1964.
Professor Will Walker currently oversees the Oral History collection, compiled since the CGP’s founding in 1964.

From maple sugar to folk songs, from farming techniques to pierogie recipes, over 1,800 recordings have been collected by the Cooperstown Graduate Program since its founding 50 years ago.

“There’s all kinds of incredible material,” said Will Walker, the associate professor of history who oversees the student research. “These are people’s lives.”

The Oral History collection has been part the Folklore concentration since the CGP opened in 1964 – the 50th anniversary will be celebrated the weekend of Oct. 10-12 by, among others, prominent alumni from across the country – and is now gathered as CGP’s Community Stories. “It’s a community-based project to capture the whole community,” he said. “Doctors, lawyers, farmers, teachers – the list is quite diverse.”

First-year students select an interview subject from suggestions Walker collects through a network of former subjects and interested parties. “It’s very organic,” he said.

Students also have a chance to reflect on previous interviews. In the 1970s, a group collected recipes from Utica’s Italian and Polish communities. “One of my students recently went back and found family members of those original interviews,” said Walker. “Some of them had moved away, but they still gathered at a church and made those same recipes 30 years later. She brought back the most delicious pierogies I’ve ever had.”

Other students went back and interviewed ice fishermen on Otsego Lake, just as students before them had done. “It’s interesting to hear what students recorded 30 years ago and now.”

The Ingalls family in Hartwick has also been the subject of interviews over the decades, tracing their history from a dairy farm to a roadside farm stand and u-pick on Blueberry Hill.

Former student Henry Glassie, now a “legend” in Folklore studies and a professor at Indiana University, did his oral history on Jesse Wells, a hop picker just as the crop was beginning to decline in the early 20th century. “He was also a musician, so Henry recorded all these songs,” said Walker. “He took these stunning photographs and pasted them on loose-leaf paper in his report.”

The original document is now fragile with age, but photocopies have been made and scanned for preservation. The interviews themselves, from reel-to-reel tape to mp3, are also logged, and many are available for listening on the Community Stories website.

CGP’s founder, the late Louis C. Jones, even told his tales of collecting stories in one student-conducted interview. “Some of those recorders weighed 50, 75 pounds and had to be plugged in – I’ve carried them up mountains, only to find there were no plugs!”

And as the fall semester begins, students are already starting to pick their subjects and practice their interviewing techniques. “So much history is not preserved in the written record,” said Walker. “The only way to capture this history is by talking to people.”

Ladder Truck Needed; 4th Story Must Go


Ladder Truck

Needed; 4th

Story Must Go

Attorney Les Sittler, Fly Creek, representing the owners of the Holiday Inn Express, said his clients were limited to three stories when they built their hotel more than a decade ago, and the Hampton Inn developers should be limited to three stories, too.  From right are Planning Board co-chairs Greg Orth and Alex Thomas and the board clerk, Jenna Utter.  Seated against the far wall is Town Supervisor Rob O’Brien.  (Patrick Wager/

By PATRICK WAGER • Special to

HARTWICK – From the Hampton Inn & Suites engineer’s point of view, all the issues – traffic, sewage, safety – had been addressed.

But Hartwick Fire Company #2 Chief David Bryant and Les Sittler, lawyer for the Holiday Inn Express owners, who face a new competitor, had different takes.

Some 40 people showed up at the Tuesday, Jan. 8, public hearing the town hall on the four-story, 100-plus hotel planned just south of the Dollar General in Hartwick Seminary, and a stack of chairs, normally unused and stored in a corner, had to be set up.

JUSTICE for GILLIAN Sister, Senator Plan Rally For Parole Reform


Sister, Senator Plan Rally For Parole Reform

Jennifer Kirkpatrick shows Senator Seward a photo of her sister on the Justice for Gillian Facebook page. (Jeff Bishop photo)

By LIBBY CUDMORE • Special to

Gillian Gibbons

ONEONTA – When David Dart was sentenced for the murder of Gillian Gibbons, her sister Jennifer Kirkpatrick remembered a chilling message he gave her in the courtroom.

“He looked right at me and said, ‘I’ll be back,’” she recounted.

Now, 30 years after Gillian’s death, Jennifer is mounting a campaign to keep her convicted killer in prison. “My goal is to let the community know that he is only in his 40s,” she said. “He will offend again. It’s scary.

Working with state Sen. Jim Seward, R-Milford, Jennifer has planned a Justice For Gillian rally at 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 28, in Muller Plaza.

“It’s important for us to do something to highlight his parole hearing,” said Seward. “We want to provide information to people so they can contact the parole board to protest Dart’s release.”

In 1991, Dart, then 29, was sentenced to 25 years to live for second-degree murder after he was found guilty of stabbing Gillian to death with a “Rambo-style survival knife” – as described in the court transcript – on the second floor of the Oneonta Municipal Parking Garage on Sept. 12, 1989.

Dart will once again face the parole board on Monday, Nov. 4.

“Normally his parole is every two years,” said Jennifer. “But this time, it was only 19 months. I was furious, and I told myself, if I have to be a one-woman show, walking up and down Main Street protesting his release, I will.”

“It goes to my heart that Jennifer and her family have to go through this every time,” said Seward. “I’ve got a bill that would expand the time between parole hearings from two to five years for violent offenders. Families should not have to tell their devastating stories so frequently, and there’s always the chance the parole board will release him.”

As the anniversary of Gillian’s death drew near, Seward invited Kirkpatrick to his office, where they put together plans for the Justice for Gillian rally.

“I was so humbled,” she said. “He called me down and he said, ‘We can go to the city and get a permit, we can make this happen’.”

“I remember Gillian as a vivacious, smiling young woman,” said Seward. “It hit our community very hard, and it is an affront to her memory to let Dart see the light of day.”

At the rally, Seward will have sample letters and the address people can use to write to the parole board, as well as instructions for how to send a letter online. Letters should be submitted no later than Friday, Oct. 25.

“It’s a waste of taxpayer money to have them go before the parole board every two years,” she said.

There will also be speakers, and Jennifer has invited the police officers involved in Gillian’s case, as well as families affected by violent crime to share their stories.

But more than just an information session, Jennifer wants to continue to celebrate her sister’s life 30 years after her passing.

“I’m bringing photos and having them blown up into posters so people can carry them,” she said. “And I’ve asked all her friends to speak. But I told them that if it’s depressing, Gillian will be rolling her eyes. I want memories and funny stories.”


Chuck D’Imperio Presents

 ‘Taste Of New York’ Stories


UPSTATE STORIES – 1:30 p.m. Local radio host Chuck D’Imperio will be sharing stories from best selling book “A Taste of Upstate New York,” which features 40 food favorites from across the upstate. Free, public welcome. St. James Manor, 9 St. James Place, Oneonta. 607-436-9974 or visit

Spooky Activities Around The County


Spooky Activities

Around The County

?Friday, October 25
TRUNK OR TREAT – 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. Decorate your car, bring candy to hand out. Must be child-friendly, candy must be store-bought & individually
wrapped. Cash prizes for best dressed cars. E-mail to sign up your car. Cherry Valley Springfield Central School, 597 Co. Hwy. 54, Cherry
Valley. 607-264-3265.
GHOST TOURS – 5:30 – 9 p.m. Join a guide to explore the museum after dark, learn about the mysteries, ghostly happenings in the village. Learn what Things Go Bump In The Night. Cost, $17/non-member. The Farmers’ Museum, Cooperstown. 607-547-1450.
HYDE & SHRIEK – 6 p.m. Ghost tour visits places where ghostly manifestations have been reported by the Ghost Hunters Halloween special. Cost, $20/person. Reservations required. Hyde Hall, 267 Glimmerglass State Park Rd., Cooperstown. 607-547-5098.
PARANORMAL – 7 – 9 p.m. & 10 – Midnight. Join seasoned investigator for fun, education, exploration of paranormal possibilities of the opera house. Earlville Opera House, 18 E. Main St., Earlville. 315-691-3550.
HALLOWEEN COMEDY – 8 p.m. Theatrical performance ‘Blithe Spirits,’ farcical tale of novelist who becomes haunted by the spirits of his 2 dead wives after a seance. Performed by Catskill Community Players, written by Noel Coward in 1941. General admission, $18. Wieting Theatre, 168 Main St., Worcester. 607-397-8500.

?Saturday, Oct. 26
BOO WITH BEAR – 1 – 5 p.m. Bring the kids in their halloween costumes for party. We will be having a competition so make sure you get your creative hat out and go crazy. From facepaint to halloween embroidery designs, now is your time to shine and show us what you’ve got! After this there will be ice cream, decorated playhouses, treats, pumpkins, more. Polar Bear Homemade Ice Cream & More, 5212 St. Hwy. 28 South, Oneonta. 607-432-0901.
TRICK OR TREAT – 1 – 5 p.m. Bring the kids to trick or treat through the historic village. Admission free to kids, accompanying adult with donation. The Farmers’ Museum, Cooperstown. 607-547-1450.
ESCAPE ROOM EAST BAY– As a team, solve the mystery of who killed Mr. Body before you become the next victim. Enjoy atmospheric room, puzzles. Approximately 6 people/room, aged 12+. The game lasts for 1 hour. Call ahead to ensure a booking.
TRIVIA TOURNAMENT – 2 – 5 p.m. Museum hosts Trivial Pursuit Tournament for Edmeston Spook Fest. Edmeston Museum, 1 North St., Edmeston.
HAUNTED HOUSE – 4 – 8 p.m. Celebrate the spooky season with treats, exciting tricks, & haunted fun. Chestnut Park Nurshing & Rehab, 330 Chestnut St., Oneonta. 607-432-8500.
MURDER MYSTERY – 5 – 9 p.m. Foothills annual fundraiser presents “Chicago Caper.” Dinner theater murder mystery where clues, red herrings, motives and mystery abound. Solve the mystery, win a prize. Cost, $120/person. Foothills Performing Arts Center, Oneonta. 607-431-2080.
GHOST TOURS – 5:30 – 9 p.m. Join a guide to explore the museum after dark. See 10/25 Listing.
HAUNTED HOUSE – 6 – 10 p.m. Get your heart racing as you explore house filled with terrifying creatures, specters,
more. Recommended ages 12+. Admission, $2 or dona-
tion to Toiletries Closet. Oneonta Teen Center,
4 Academy St., Oneonta.
HYDE & SHRIEK – 6 p.m. Ghost tour visits places where ghostly manifestations have been reported over the yearsSee 10/25 Listing.
HAUNTED OPERA – 7 – 9 p.m. Test your bravery against the ghoulish creatures infesting funeral parlor, the Arts Cafe, & the theater graveyard. Enjoy candy at the end, if you survive. Free, donations welcome. Earlville Opera House, 18 E. Main St., Earlville. 315-691-3550.
HALLOWEEN COMEDY – 8 p.m. Theatrical performance ‘Blithe Spirits.’ See 10/25 Listing.

?Sunday, October 27
COOP LOOP – 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. 19th annual 5k & 10k race through streets of Cooperstown. Begins at 1. Cost, $30/adult for 5k, $35/adult for 10K, day of race. Win prizes for scariest, funniest, best costumes. Starts, ends at Clark Sports Center, Cooperstown. 607-547-2800.
MALLOWEEN – Noon – 2 p.m. Enjoy fun crafts, games, snacks, and costume contest at 1. Followed by Zumba Fright Fest. Southside Mall, Oneonta. 607-432-4401.
DROP OFF – 1 – 6 p.m. Bring your carved pumpkins (with candles) to show at the Pumpkin Glow. Cooperstown Art Associaiton, 22 Main St., Cooperstown. 607-547-9777.
ZUMBA – 1:30 – 2:30 p.m. Enjoy fun dance at fright fest. Includes bake sale to benefit Oneonta YMCA. Southside Mall, Oneonta. 607-432-0010.
HALLOWEEN COMEDY – 8 p.m. Theatrical performance ‘Blithe Spirits.’ See 10/25 Listing.
PUMPKIN GLOW – 6 – 7 p.m. See carved pumpkins on display, enjoy treats, cider, spooky stories by Bruce Markusen. Cooperstown Art Association, 22 Main St., Cooperstown. 607-547-9777.

?Tuesday, October 29
FILM – 7 p.m. Showing ‘The Dragon Murder Mystery’ (1934) by Oneonta author S.S. Van Dine. Includes introductory remarks & talk session. Oneonta History
Center, 183 Main St., Oneonta. 607-432-0960.

?Wednesday, Oct. 30
CARNIVAL – 5 – 6 p.m. Bring the kids to enjoy annual Halloween Carnival followed by trick or treating through Residence Halls. Hunt Union Ballroom, SUNY Oneonta. 607-436-2514
HORROR IN THE MUSEUM – 6 – 8 p.m. Annual story-telling event features readings/performances of classic & current tales of spooky fiction, poetry, songs. Yager Museum, Hartwick College, Oneonta. 607-431-4480.
ART IN THE DARK – 6:30 p.m. Tour folk art exhibit by Lantern Light, learn some of the mysterious untold stories behind the pieces. Limited to 15/tour. Cost, $14/non-member. Fenimore Art Museum, Cooperstown. 607-547-1400.

?HALLOWEEN!!! Thursday, Oct. 31
HALLOWEEN PARTY – 9 -11 a.m. Bring the kids for preschool party featuring spooky ghosts, spiders, more. Bring a dish to pass. Cider provided. Costumes encouraged. Clark Sports Center, Cooperstown. 607-547-2800, ext. 109.
TRICK OR TREAT – 3:30 – 6 p.m. Bring the kids for safe trick or treating at participating businesses. Includes activities in the Plaza. Main St., Oneonta. 607-432-2941.
CELEBRATION – 3:30 – 5 p.m. Children in costume, with parent/guardian, receive free admission to museum. Then trick or treat through Plaque Gallery. Baseball Hall of Fame, Cooperstown. 607-547-7200.
PARADE – 5 p.m. Dress your best and show off your costume in this years Halloween parade down Main St., Cooperstown.
ESCAPE ROOM – 5 – 6 & 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. See Oct. 26.
PUMPKIN GLOW – 6 – 7:30 p.m. Bring your carved pumpkin to enter in a contest or just to display to the trick-or-treaters. After dark, stroll through park. Huntington Memorial Library, 62 Chestnut St., Oneonta. 607-432-1980.
PARADE – 7 p.m.
Celebrate Halloween, enjoy various costumes and floats on parade. Main St., Oneonta. 607-432-2941.

?Friday, November 1
GHOST TOURS – 5:30 – 9 p.m. Join a guide to explore the museum after dark, learn about the mysteries, ghostly happening associated with the village. Learn what Goes Bump In The Night. Cost, $17/non-member. Famers’ Museum, Cooperstown. 607-547-1450.
FILM – 6:30 p.m. Visit exhibit ‘Duane Michals: The Portraitist’ then enjoy film, starting at 7, connected to exhibit with introduction. This week “Bram Stokers Dracula” with Francis Ford Coppola & Tom Waits (Rated R). Cost, $7/non-member. Fenimore Museum, Cooperstown. 607-547-1400.

?Saturday, Nov. 2
SPIRIT FEST – 9:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. Celebrate All Souls Day with psychic readers, energy healers, a bake sale, more. Registration encouraged. Institute for Spiritual Development, Lotus Center, 41-45 Dietz St., Oneonta. 607-267-4693.
FALL FEST – 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. 6th annual craft & vendor fair features beautiful items to jump start your Christmas shopping. Southside Mall, Oneonta.
DAY OF THE DEAD – 10 a.m. – Noon. Experience Dia De Muertos and the Latinx community by telling stories in Spanish & English, participating in family activities, enjoy traditional food, more. Cooperstown Village Library. 607-547-8344.
ESCAPE ROOM – 1 – 2 & 2:30 – 3:30 p.m. Solve the mystery of who killed Mr. Body before you become the next victim. Enjoy atmospheric room, puzzles that won’t scare you out of your skin. Great for fans of game and 1985 movie. 6 people/room, aged 12+. Registration required. Huntington Memorial Library, 62 Chestnut St., Oneonta. 607-432-1980.
GHOST TOURS – 5:30 – 9 p.m. Join a guide to explore the museum after dark, learn about the mysteries, ghostly happening associated with the village. Learn what Goes Bump In The Night. Cost, $17/non-member. The Famers’ Museum, Cooperstown. 607-547-1450.

?Sunday, November 3
FALL FEST – 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. 6th annual craft & vendor fair features beautiful items to jump start your Christmas shopping. Southside Mall, Oneonta.

HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO: Author Discusses Book On First Japanese-American Baseball Players 07-21-20

Author Discusses Book On First

Japanese-American Baseball Players


AUTHOR SERIES – 2 p.m. Join baseball author Robert Fitts, a leading expert on Japanese Baseball, to discuss the stories of the first Japanese Americans to play baseball back in the early 20th century. Free, registration required. Presented by the Baseball Hall of Fame. Visit

Libby Found Love, Work, Heartbreak — And Home


Libby Found Love, Work,

Heartbreak — And Home

Editor’s Note: What a decade! Her friends and colleagues celebrated Manager Editor Libby Cudmore’s 10th anniversary among us on production day, Tuesday, Dec. 10, and agreed to write this memoir.


Libby Cudmore with Mascot Goodie at the 2013 Goodyear Lake Polar Bear Jump. ( photo)

There’s a lot for Ian and I to celebrate in December. Our families do Christmas, Yule and Hanukkah, our original anniversary, the New Year’s Eve to cap it all off.

But this December, I realized that I had another anniversary to celebrate – 10 years with the Hometown Oneonta, The Freeman’s Journal and, most recently, It’s the longest I’ve ever stayed with a job, but in 10 years, I’ve realized that it’s more than than a job – it’s a way to give back to a community that has welcomed me so graciously.

When I moved to Oneonta in May 2007, I wasn’t sure if I would stay. This was my husband’s hometown, after all, but I wasn’t sure that there was a place for me yet. But that changed when Jim Kevlin hired me as a freelance reporter in April 2009.

My first story was about a bridal fashion show at SUNY. My second was an interview with Roger McGuinn of the Byrds, who was playing at the now-defunct Oneonta Theatre, then re-opened and full of promise.

I was hired full-time that December, Monday the 14th,  given a desk and the business cards I’ve been passing out ever since. If you look in your drawer, chances are you have one. If it was before 2017, it said “Reporter.” Since then, it has said “Managing Editor.”

Our new reporter, James Cummings, asked me: What’s the favorite story you ever written? How do you even pick?

But a few come to mind: getting to travel to Oneonta, Ala., and see the similarities (and a few differences) between our cities, and declaring actor Cuyle Carvin “Oneonta’s Heartthrob.” As an obsessive music fan, I still get giddy knowing that, at any time, I can pick up the phone and call Greg Harris, president of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, for comment.

I love being able to support the good deeds at the Susquehanna SPCA, see the rise and revitalization of the Milford Methodist Church, to be a first-hand witness to all of the change in Oneonta as the DRI gets underway. I absolute agree that we’re “Onta Something.”

Of course, there has been plenty of heartache too. The sudden death of Mayor Dick Miller was when I felt it the most profoundly. I was tasked with not only covering the tragedy, but also processing my own grief privately. I had seen Dick that Thursday evening at the Future for Oneonta Foundation reception. He gave me one of those sideways handshakes I knew so well, the quick “how ya’ doin’” in passing. We’d had our disagreements over the years – par for the course in both our professions – but I respected and enjoyed him immensely, and still miss him.

The murder of 11-year-old Jacelyn O’Connor still haunts me. I’ve written about far too many brutal deaths in our county, but in some ways, I’m honored to do so, because I task myself not with writing about the killer, but letting my readers know who the victim was to their family, their friends, their community. They’re stories I wish that I didn’t have to write, but I am always honored when I get to speak with survivors like Jennifer Kirkpatrick and Erika Heller, to be trusted with their loved ones’ legacies.

I am always in awe of the support that the people of Otsego County continue to bless me with. From the packed house at the Green Toad for the launch of my debut novel, “The Big Rewind,” to the votes that came in for my guest conductor bid at the Catskill Symphony Orchestra’s cabaret concert. Many of you were there to cheer when Ian proposed to me in the 2013 Halloween parade, and some of you came to our wedding in 2015.

But you have also been with me in the darkest times to. In 2017, we lost MJ Kevlin, my dear friend and mentor. The outpouring of love and support from all of you was overwhelming, and if I didn’t thank you then, consider this a much delayed appreciation for the kindness you showed me, the grief we shared.

Recently someone asked me where I was from. For the first time in my life, I didn’t reply “Oklahoma City,” where I was born, or generic “Upstate New York” to compensate for a hometown I don’t particularly associate myself with. “Oneonta,” I answered without hesitation.

I didn’t grow up here. But if home is where you hang your hat (and, as you know, I wear many of them) then it stands to reason that your hometown is the town where your home is located – and thus, your hat hangs.

Writing for the Hometown Oneonta, The Freeman’s Journal and has made me feel more a part of this community here than any career I thought I would have. Every week you welcome me into your home and your lives, you call me with good stories about graduations and strange collections and upcoming meetings, you allow me to lament with you when you send in obituaries and when we stand at the scenes of loss. It’s a position I do not take lightly, and I pledge to continue to my best to tell your stories accurately and honestly.

I’ve lived in a lot of places and I’ve traveled internationally and cross-country. But when I come off I-88 and turn onto the Lettis Highway, whether after a few days or a few weeks away, I always get the same feeling as the lights of Main Street greet me.

Welcome home.


Ghost Tales Of Otsego County


GHOST STORIES – 6:30 p.m. John Henry Aborn share spine tingling tales of Ghosts of Otsego County. Get in spirit of the season, enjoy refreshments after. Woodside Hall, 1 Main St., Cooperstown. 607-547-0600, ext. 101 or visit

JOB FAIR – 3 – 5 p.m. Job seekers meet with businesses in retail, manufacturing, healthcare, more. No appointments necessary, dress for success, bring resumes. Southside Mall, Oneonta. 607-432-4401 or visit

SUNY Professor April Ford Short Story Wins Prestigious Pushcart Literary Prize

SUNY Professor Ford’s Short Story

Receives Prestigious Pushcart Prize

Short-story writer April Ford
Short-story writer April Ford

ONEONTA – SUNY Oneonta creative writing instructor April L. Ford has won a Pushcart Prize for her short story “Project Fumarase.” The story, which was published in New Madrid Journal in summer 2014, will appear in the 2016 Edition Pushcart Prize anthology, due out Nov. 2.

The Pushcart Prize is a literary prize created by Pushcart Press to honor the best poetry, short fiction and essays published in non-commercial, small presses the previous year. Magazine and small book press editors are invited to nominate up to six works. Annual anthologies of the prize-winning works have been published since 1976.


Unique Gifts At The Holiday Bazaar

14-19eventspage Give the gift of Christmas to children in need. To participate in the Salvation Army’s Angel Tree program CLICK HERE!

BAZAAR & BAKE SALE – 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Find tree trimmings, crafts, knitted and crocheted and quilted items, a white elephant sale, more. Lunch available including soups, chilis, hot dogs, brownie sundaes. Elm Park United Methodist Church, 401 Chestnut St., Oneonta. Call 607-432-6552 visit

SALE & LUNCHEON – 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Find wreaths, fresh arrangements, and a holiday bake sale by the Oneonta Federated Garden Club. Soup & sandwich luncheon also available. St. James Episcopal Church, 300 Main St., Oneonta. E-mail


Local Women Celebrate

Suffrage & Tell Their Stories

14-19eventspage Give the gift of Christmas to children in need. To participate in the Salvation Army’s Angel Tree program CLICK HERE!

SUFFRAGE EVENT – 2 p.m. The League of Women Voters hosts Theodora Talks featuring local women telling their stories, followed by a roundtable discussion. NJ Sterling Auditorium, Cooperstown High School. Call 607-547-2586 or visit

SQUARE DANCE – 5-9 p.m. Spend an evening dancing with friends. Admission, $8 members, $9 non-members. Oneonta Moose Club, 119 W. Broadway, Oneonta. Call 607-435-6871.


Share Stories Of Epiphany


OPEN MIC – 7-9 p.m. Share your stories of discovery about the world, yourself. Roots Brewing Company, 175 Main St., Oneonta. Call (607) 433-2925 or visit

SPAGHETTI FUNDRAISER – 4:30-6:30 p.m. “A Day for Kevin” to support Kevin Kenny as he deals with a serious ongoing health issue. Menu includes, spaghetti, Salad, Garlic Bread, Dessert. RSVP by 9/25, cost $10. Focus Otsego, 128 Phoenix Mills Cross Rd, Cooperstown. Call 544-2627 or visit

From All, Best Wishes For A Speedy Recovery


From All, Best Wishes

For A Speedy Recovery

$10 MILLION MAN: State Sen. Jim Seward, R-Milford, is flanked by, from left, MVREDC chairman Robert Geer, Empire State Development Corp. President Howard Zemsky, Oneonta Mayor Gary Herzig and Assemblyman Bill Magee, D-Nelson, when the City of Oneonta was named the first DRI community on July 20, 2016. (Ian Austin/

Editor’s Note: This editorial is reprinted from this week’s editions of Hometown Oneonta & The Freeman’s Journal, on newsstands now.

The news that state Sen. Jim Seward’s cancer is back – his office issued a press release Wednesday, Nov. 6 – brings two immediate reactions.

One, fingers crossed. Advances in cancer-fighting research can mean five years, 10 years – and more – of active living. Everyone’s got a story of a happy outcome.

Two, reflections immediately come to mind on the ongoing Seward Era of Otsego County politics. It’s been a charmed one, and to reflect on it underscores how his recovery will be good news for all of us.

Just think about this decade, the State Sen. Jim Seward Decade, if you will.


Prepare For Flu Season


FLU CLINIC – 8:30 a.m.-Noon. Adults 18+ can receive vaccination for the flu. Cost, $30. Bassett Medical Center, 1 Atwell Rd., Cooperstown. Call 607-547-7973 or visit

CHESS NIGHT – 7-11 p.m. Chess enthusiasts of all levels welcome to play. Includes free lessons for beginners. Hunt Union Cafeteria, SUNY Oneonta. Call 607-386-3589


‘Renaissance Men’

Vocal Ensemble Performance


CONCERT – 7:30 p.m. Boston’s premier vocal chamber ensemble “Renaissance Men” perform vocal music from all periods, by many composers. Tickets, $25 general admission. First United Methodist Church, 66 Chestnut St.,Oneonta. 607-433-7252 or visit

SQUARE DANCE – 7:30 p.m. Dance with friends at Doubleday Dancers Western Square Dance Clubs Fall All Plus Dance. Features Keith Harter as Plus caller, Jeanne Harter as Cuer. Admission, $5/person. Cooperstown Elementary School. 607-264-8128.

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