News of Otsego County

HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO: All About Collecting Baseball Cards 11-24-20

All About Collecting Baseball Cards


ASK THE EXPERT – 2 p.m. Learn about how the collections team cares for baseball cards. From storage guidelines to documentation, learn how you also can care for your own collections. Free, registration required. Presented by the Baseball Hall of Fame. 607-547-7200 or visit

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With 30 Infected, County COVID Totals Hit New High




Daily Tally Sets New Mark;

5 Patients Now Hospitalized

By LIBBY CUDMORE • Special to

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COOPERSTOWN – Thirty people tested positive for COVID-19 today, setting a new record for the number of cases reported in one day, according to Heidi Bond, county public health director.

Additionally, a fifth person has been hospitalized with the virus, bringing the county’s total to five, up one from last week.

The spike comes less than a week after the county Public Health Department reported a record-setting 18 cases in one day , prompting the Oneonta School District to go remote after students tested positive.


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Feast Rebuffed

Sheriffs Association: We Lack

Resources To Obey Governor

ALBANY – The New York State Sheriff’s Association issued a statement a few minutes ago saying county sheriffs’ departments lack the resources to enforce Governor Cuomo’s edict:  That no more than 10 New Yorkers can gather together at a Thanksgiving Dinner.

“We in law enforcement do not have the resources nor the legal authority,” said the statement, which was unsigned.  Questions about it were referred to Peter Kehoe, the NYSSA’s exective director.


Otsego Area Recruit Graduates From Parris Island This Week

Otsego Area Recruit Graduates

From Parris Island This Week

Marine Corps recruit Adrian Anderson, a June graduate of Sidney Central School, participates in exercises at the Marines’ Parris Island boot camp prior to his graduation this Wednesday, Nov. 25.  He’s the son of Charles and Jennifer Anderson.  “It’s what he’s always wanted,” said the father.  “He always wanted to serve his country.  He was obsessed with service.”  One example: When Sidney Central cancelled its class trip this year, it distributed funds raised, about $100 each, to the students.  Adrian and his girlfriend, Sycylle Kolic, now a student at Hartwick College, spent their share on buying dog and cat food, which they contributed to the Susquehanna Animal Shelter in Hartwick Seminary.  The Marine has an older brother, Dorian, and younger sister, Airiana.  Due to COVID, the family will be watching the graduation virtually. Adrian will be assigned to a CBRN unit, part of the Defense Department’s Chemical, Bioligical, Radiological, Nuclear Defense Operational Advisory Group.
Eagle Eye

Eagle Eye

Rob Katz is back in Cooperstown for a visit, and is keeping his camera by his side for such sights at this one: a Bald Eagle at the north end of Otsego Lake. (Special to
28 COVID Cases Reported Saturday, Sunday

28 COVID-19 Cases

Surface On Weekend

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COOPERSTOWN – COVID-19 numbers continue to climb in the county, with 28 cases reported over the weekend, according to Heidi Bond, Otsego County Public Health Director.

11 cases were reported Saturday, Nov. 21 and 17 were reported today, Bond noted in her daily press release. According to the NY Forward Dashboard, Otsego County currently has a 1.1 percent average positivity rate, with 600 people tested yesterday.

Light Poles Decorated – And Clauses Show Up


Light Poles Decorated

– And Clauses Show Up

Who showed up at this afternoon’s 4C’s downtown decorating event – when volunteers get all the streetlights ready for Christmas, a decades-long Cooperstown tradition – but Santa and Mrs. Claus.  And Helena Bettancourt, 6, top photo, took advantage of the situation to have her picture taken – by mom Brooke –with the two Jolly Elfs.   Inset right, Matt Grady passes decorations to son Kian, 7, as son Gavin, 11, steadies the ladder.  It’s one of the few in-person events planned this year by the 4C’s Committee (Cooperstown Community Christmas Committee) this season, due to COVID-19, and masks were ubiquitous.  Santa’s Cottage is in place, but the Clauses won’t be occupying it this season; however, there’s a drop of box at the cottages for Letters to Santa.  When filmographer Xander Moffat heard of the Clauses’ visit, he dashed downtown and captured a video that will appear on the 4C’s Facebook page, where he will post such sightings throughout the season.   (Jim Kevlin/

Surprise Birthday Parade Marks Hoffbaeur’s 80th

Surprise Birthday Parade

Marks Mrs. Hoffbauer’s 80th

Linda Herring places a lei of Hawaiian flowers around the neck of an elated Ingrid Hoffbauer, during a surprise Birthday parade for her 80th birthday on Saturday in Oneonta. Lured downtown by a ruse about an issue with the storefront of the former Alpine Ski Hut, which she operated for decades with her husband Eduard, she was shocked when nearly 30 vehicles of friends and family, plus a fire engine adorned with a banner, drove by honking, cheering and passing out presents. “This is my blessing.” said Mrs. Hoffbauer, wiping away tears. “I may not be the queen of the parade, but I feel like it today!” As she paused for a family photo after the parade, she said, “I hope this brought spirit to downtown. Even with COVID, if you follow the rules, you can have fun!” (Ian Austin/
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO: Cooperstown Christmas Decorating 11-22-20

Cooperstown Christmas Decorating


CHRISTMAS DECORATING – 2 p.m. Join the Cooperstown Christmas Committee to decorate Santa’s Cottage and the village lamp posts for the holiday. Decorations are provided. Bring your own gloves, ladders, mask. Main Street, Cooperstown. Reserve a pole by e-mailing

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Special Administration Meeting Scheduled For Nov. 30

Special Admin Meeting

Scheduled For Nov. 30

Democratic Prospect To Succeed

Oberacker To Be Interviewed Then

COOPERSTOWN – A special Administration Committee meeting has been scheduled for 9 a.m. Monday, Nov. 30, to interview the Democrat-backed prospect to succeed state Sen.-elect Peter Oberacker in the county board’s District 6, Admin Chairman Meg Kennedy, C-Hartwick said today.

The meeting will not be Dec. 2, as previously reported.

The Democrats have already identified a prospect in District 6 (Maryland, Worcester, Westford and Decatur), according to Democratic County Chairman Clark Oliver.  He said the candidate is a woman, but he hasn’t identified her yet.

Funeral For Maestro Charles Schneider To Be Streamed Online

CSO Conductor’s Funeral

Will Be Streamed Online

Maestro Charles Schneider

ONEONTA – The funeral services for Maestro Charles Schneider, the longtime music director of the Catskill Symphony Orchestra, will be streamed online from the New Hartford Presbyterian Church at 1 p.m. this afternoon, according to an email sent out by the CSO.

Schneider died Friday, Oct. 9, at age 84, at his Frankfort home.

Tom Morgan, Janet Nepkie, Carlton Clay and Rayna Schneider will be among those who give words of tribute, and The Rev. Dr. Sue Wriggle will give the homily.

Kennedy Extends An Olive Branch Across The Aisle


Kennedy Extends

An Olive Branch

Across The Aisle

She Schedules Admin Meeting

To Vet D-6 Democrat Prospect

By JIM KEVLIN • Special to

Meg Kennedy

COOPERSTOWN – To calm troubled political waters, county Rep. Meg Kennedy, C-Hartwick, has scheduled an Administration Committee meeting for Dec. 2 to give the Democratic prospect to succeed state Sen.-elect Peter Oberacker a hearing before that day’s county board meeting.

“I felt this was the right thing to do,” she said a few minutes ago.  “I always try to do what’s fair, and I think this is fair.”

4 Hospitalized As COVID Rampages Through County
22 Cases Tied To Copper Fox, First Responders Sick Too

4 Hospitalized As COVID

Rampages Through County

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COOPERSTOWN – Four people have been hospitalized as COVID-19 numbers rise throughout the county, bringing the total number of infections to 90.

One of those hospitalized, Bond said, is a resident of a group home, where outbreaks began two weeks ago, although the others are not related to any particular cluster.

In the last two days, 29 cases have been reported, with 20 of those stemming from an outbreak at the Copper Fox. A similar exposure has been reported at the  Beer Barrel, 19 ½ Fonda Ave in Oneonta, with Bond warning patrons that if you were at the Beer Barrel Nov 15-16, they need to quarantine and monitor symtoms fror 14 days..

HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO: ‘Small Works’ Annual Art Exhibit 11-21-20

‘Small Works’ Annual Art Exhibit


OPENING RECEPTION – 3 or 4:15 p.m. Find beautiful works by local artists throughout ‘Small Works’ annual celebratory exhibit. Find works for sale to take home the same day for wonderful Christmas presents. Register for one of the free showings, only 50 guests allowed at a time. Roxbury Arts Group, 5025 Vega Mountain Rd., Roxbury. 607-326-7908 or visit

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Retired Planner Karen Sullivan Wins Recycling Leadership Award

Retired Planner Karen Sullivan

Wins Recycling Leadership Award

Karen Sullivan, left, receives the plaque from Pat Knuth.

ONEONTA – Karen Sullivan, retired county planning director, yesterday received the Lifetime Recycling Leadership Award from the state Association for Reduction, Reuse & Recycling.

Sullivan has long worked to make the county more environmentally friendly, said Pat Knuth, executive director of The Arc Otsego, which nominated her.  Among other accomplishments, Sullivan initiated the county’s mattress-recycling program  and helped launched the annual Hazardous Waste Collection, now more than 20 years old.

“Karen has worked with us tirelessly in starting our ReUse Center in 2017,” said Pat Knuth, Arc executive director. “To date, we have recycled and kept from the waste stream over 1.5 million pounds of usable material.”

Due to COVID-19, the award’s ceremony on Nov. 19 was virtual.

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