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HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO: Preserving Exhibits At Baseball Hall of Fame 09-22-20

Preserving Exhibits

At Baseball Hall of Fame


ASK THE EXPERT – 2 p.m. Learn how hall of fame preserves textiles & caps, from storage to proper documentation. Free Zoom conference. Registration required. Presented by The Baseball Hall of Fame. Visit for info.

COVID-19 TESTING – 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. Otsego County residents are invited for free rapid testing for Covid-19. Find out quick, help stop the spread. Pre-registration required. Foothills Performing Arts Center, 22 Market St., Oneonta. 607-547-4279.

Two SUNY Students Suspended After Party Photos Surface

‘Enough!’ Says Chancellor Malatras

2 SUNY Students

Suspended After

Party Photos Surface

ONEONTA – SUNY Chancellor Jim Malatras had one word for SUNY Oneonta students after photos circulated of an off-campus party allegedly held this weekend with no social distancing in place.


The Chancellor’s press release was issued after SUNY announced that two of the students in the photo were identified and suspended by the Office of Community Standards.

SQSPCA Leads Drive Against Puppy Mills

‘PAWS’ Warns Pet Purchasers

SQSPCA Leads Drive

Against Puppy Mills

Libby Post, executive director of the NYS Animal Protection Federation, decries puppy mills, in part, as “hoodwinking consumers” by selling sick dogs. Post was accompanied by, from left, Brian Shapiro, NYS director, Humane Society, Stacie Haynes, executive director, SQSPCA, Melinda McTaggart, Animal Shelter of Schoharie County and other regional shelters in forming the “PAWS (Puppy Mill Awareness W/Shelters) Before You Pay” initiative, which will encourage buyers to reach out to shelters for resources on responsible breeders and avoiding puppy mills. At right, Dr. Joan Puritz, the retired veterinarian who worked with the SQSPCA to care for their animals, gives her support for the initiative. as September is Puppy Mill Awareness Month, the PAWS initiative seeks to also encourage lawmakers to enact stricter restrictions on breeders in order to protect animals and consumers alike. (Jim Kevlin/

In Cooperstown, Bells Toll For COVID’s 200K Victims


In Cooperstown, Bells Toll

For COVID’s 200K Victims

A few minutes ago, volunteers finished a noontime tolling of the bell on Cooperstown’s First Presbyterian Church 200 times, symbolizing the 200,000 U.S. COVID-19 deaths, a mark passed Sunday evening.   “This loss has been heartbreaking for the families affected and, indeed, it is a loss shared by all of us,” said Richard Blabey, above, the member of the congregation who organized the commemoration.  Behind him is his wife, Anne, and Tom Heitz, Fly Creek, who pulled the first 20 tolls, followed by nine other volunteers including, inset right, Cooperstown Police Chief Frank Cavilieri.  (Jim Kevlin/

COOP Announces It’s Open To Promote Filmmaking Here

COOP Announces It’s Open

To Promote Filmmaking Here

COOPERSTOWN – COOP announced today it is open for business.

The Cooperstown, Oneonta, Otsego County Film Partnership, Inc., known as Film COOP, will represent Cooperstown, Oneonta and all Otsego County communities to the entertainment industry.

Otsego County, and its greater region, is one of the few areas of the state not benefiting from the boom in television and film production that has taken place in Upstate New York, according to COOP Board President Greg Klein of Cooperstown.

Except For Sodexo’s 77, SUNY Not Considering Further Layoffs For Now

Except For Sodexo’s 77,

SUNY ‘Not Considering’

Further Layoffs For Now

ONEONTA – No further layoffs at SUNY Oneonta are anticipated at this time, college spokesman Kim MacLeod said in response to Sodexo‘s 77 layoffs last week.

The layoffs – all but a handful of the 85 food-service employees – resulted from the COVID-19 outbreak that closed the campus for the rest of the semester, she said.

After COVID Scare, Downtown Dining Returns

After COVID-19 Scare,

Downtown Events Return

John Dudek and his wife, Andrea Thies enjoy drinks with friends Marilyn and Larry Nienart outside of Roots Brewing Co. during the return of Saturday’s “Survive, Then Thrive” event on Main Street. The weekly event, which closed off Main Street for socially-distant dining and shopping, was postponed following the COVID-19 outbreak at SUNY Oneonta. Next week marks the final event for the season. (Ian Austin/
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO: Sunday Farmers’ Markets 09-20-20

Sunday Farmers’ Markets


FARMER’S MARKET – 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Stop by for crafts & produce by local farmers and artisans. 3909 St. Hwy. 28, Curry Park, Milford. 607-287-2460 or visit

FARMER’S MARKET – 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Come out for farm fresh produce, crafts by local artisans for sale in the fresh air & sunshine. For your, others safetyt, please obey all guidelines during the Covid-19 pandemic. Franklin Farmer’s Market, 15 Institute St., Franklin. 615-592-1337 or visit

Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Toast Of Glimmerglass, Dies At Home At Age 87


Ruth Bader Ginsburg,

Toast Of Glimmerglass,

Dies At Home At Age 87

For Decade, Legend Spoke Annually In Cooperstown
Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg shared personal insights and thoughts about the intersection of justice and opera to a full house of fans July 26, 2019, during the last of her annual appearances at the Glimmerglass Festival.  She died today of pancreatic cancer at her home in Washington, D.C. (Karli Cadel/The Glimmerglass Festival)
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO: Art Exhibit Opening Reception 09-19-20

Art Exhibit Opening Reception


OPENING RECEPTION – 5 – 8 p.m. Celebrate exhibit opening featuring Eileen Crowell’s ‘Plant Portraits,’ Ruben and Damian Salinas’s ‘The Spirit of Gesture,’ and Pooh Kaye. Free, open to public, masks required. Displayed through 9/27, by appointment only. Community Arts Network of Oneonta, Wilber Mansion, 11 Ford Ave., Oneonta. 607-432-2070 or visit

Mike Fulton, 65; Wed Cooperstown’s Karine Rich

IN MEMORIAM:  Mike Fulton, 65;

Wed Cooperstown’s Karine Rich

Michael A. Fulton

COOPERSTOWN – Michael A. “Mike” Fulton passed away peacefully on Sept. 8, 2020.  His wife, Karine Rich, was by his side at their home in Fort Pierce, Fla.

Mike was born July 12, 1955, in Watertown, to Barbara Ritchie and Robert Fulton. Mike was dedicated husband, father, grandfather, uncle, and friend to so many people. He started his work as a young boy delivering newspapers. As he grew in his teenage years he became an accomplished keyboard player in the rock and Roll band “Warlord.” He also worked in the Wellesley Island Duty Free Shop on the U.S.-Canadian border. He met and eventually married Linda Loveland in 1976. They had two boys; Christopher, and Alexander.

League Of Women Voters Plans 4 Registration Events

League Of Women Voters

Plans 4 Registration Events

COOPERSTOWN – The League of Women Voters of the Cooperstown Area (LWVCA) is offering several voter registration events between now and Oct. 9, which is the last day to register to vote in the Nov. 3 presidential election.

• Saturday, Sept. 19, noon-7 p.m. at Hartwick Fire House #2, at 4877 Route 28, Hartwick Seminar.

• Tuesday, Sept. 22, noon-6 p.m., at two sites: Freight Wheel Café & Community Workspace, 3097 Route 11, Hartwick hamlet; and in front of Aubuchon Hardware, 129 West Main St., Richfield Springs.

• Saturday, at two sites: Cooperstown Farmers’ Market, 9 a.m.-2 p.m.; and at Hartwick Fire House #2 at 4877 Route 28, Hartwick Seminary, noon to 7 pm.

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