COOPERSTOWN – Live from the Hall of Plaques for the first time, the Hall of Fame Class of 2121 will be revealed on an MLB Network Broadcast at 6 p.m. tomorrow, the Hall announced a few minutes ago.
MLB Network will air extensive coverage, interviews and analysis beginning at 3 p.m. ET, then televise Hall of Fame President Tim Mead’s announcement of the results. The announcement will be simulcast on MLB.com and at facebook.com/baseballhall.
COOPERSTOWN – The Friends of the Parks announce another year of ice skating at Badger Park has begun. The rink is open to all when conditions allow, which should be all this week, as temperatures are expected to stay below freezing.
Weather and conditions permitted, rink hours for “mixed use” are 3-7 p.m., Monday, Wednesday and Friday; 3-6 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays.
Weekends and holidays, family skating is 10 a.m.-noon; mixed us 12:30-6:30 p.m.
ONEONTA – “Testing is the secret sauce to our success,” SUNY Chancellor Jim Malatras said today at a noontime press conference as students begin returning to SUNY Oneonta in advance of the Feb. 1 start of the spring semester.
This coming semester, all students will be required to take a weekly swab test, “and we are using the number one saliva test in the world here at SUNY,” said Malatras, who appeared with campus President Dennis Craig at the Dewar Arena, where testing sites have been set up.
The swab, in combination with mask wearing at all times and social distancing, makes him “optimistic” that last fall’s outbreak, where 750 students tested positive in a few days and campus was closed, will be avoided this spring.
SCHENEVUS – The Schenevus Central School Alumni Association and its Alumni of Distinction Committee today announced state Sen. Peter Oberacker, R-Schenevus, will be one of four honorees at the second annual Alumni of Distinction Awards at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 4, via Zoom.
The three other honorees will be:
Robert Barnes, county fire coordinator/emergency manager for nine years and Oneonta fire chief and emergency manager for 19 years.
William Fredette, attending physician/medical director, Fox Pediatrics, Oneonta.
Timothy French, Bassett Hospital chief resident and, for the last 13 years, hospitalist at Catholic Medical Center, Manchester, N.H.
ONEONTA – SUNY Chancellor Jim Malatras convened a press conference at SUNY Oneonta’s Dewar Arena today, which ended just a few minutes ago, where he detailed measures taken to reduce a recurrence of COVID-19 in the college community when classes resume locally on Tuesday, Feb. 2.
To continue serving classical music fans in time of COVID, The Catskill Symphony Orchestra took to Zoom Saturday night with a program featuring Conductor Maciej Żółtowski in the first of a series of “Conversations with Beethoven.” You can hear it at the “Catskill Symphony Orchestra CSO” YouTube channel. In the first episode, Żółtowski discussed all nine of Beethoven’s symphonies – some with cited performances. He presented anecdotes, including an alleged “tantrum” after Napoleon rose to power and the conspiracy around the unlucky ninth symphony that proved to be the last for many composers, Beethoven included. In the next episode, Żółtowski will delve deeper into the man behind the music, exploring the love-life of an unmarried Beethoven. The episode date and time to air is yet to be announced, however, the event will be followed by a Q&A zoom. For access to the zoom, email CSO Executive Director Thomas Wolf at email@example.com. Also, donations are welcome at https://catskillsymphony.net/ or by mailing checks to the Catskill Symphony Orchestra to P.O. Box 14, Oneonta, NY 13820. (Chrystal Savage/AllOTSEGO.com)
ALBANY – Governor Cuomo had a lot of good news on the anti-COVID fight in his daily update delivered overnight. beginning with: “New York State is ready, willing and able to administer 100,000 vaccine doses a week.”
Next week’s allocation is about to arrive, although the governor didn’t get into anticipated doses. “I’m hopeful that the Biden Administration will take steps to increase production and shorten the anticipated timeline,” he said.
ONEONTA – Caitlin Marie Kelley of Ocean Grove, N.J., passed away before the dawn on Jan. 8, 2021, at Jersey Shore Medical Center in Neptune. She was 32 years old.
Caitlin was born on June 22, 1988, in Cooperstown, and raised in nearby Oneonta, where she graduated from Oneonta High School. She attended college first at Brookdale Community College, then at SUNY Oneonta where she studied for a career in hospitality.
She worked in the restaurant industry for 14 years, which nurtured her love of meeting new people and making many friends. In the past year she had switched career paths and looked forward to growing into a company that would treat her well.
BURLINGTON – Amy Jane (MacGregor) Rose, 57, an accomplished artist and eldercare professional, passed away on Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2021, at Cooperstown Center, three months after her unexpected diagnosis of Stage IV brain cancer.
Amy was born in Huntington, L.I., on Oct. 13, 1963, to Margaret Winifred Kampf MacGregor. She was one of six brothers and sisters who grew up as free-range children roaming the woods and creeks of Hartwick. The only house rules were to look after those smaller than yourself – whether children or animal – and to be home for dinner before the streetlights flickered on. During these adventures, Amy developed her love of exploration, co-existence in harmony with nature, and an understanding of the value of cultivating close loving relationships with friends and family.
ONEONTA – State Sen. Peter Oberacker, R-Schenevus, today called on Governor Cuomo and the state Department of Health to develop health and safety guidelines to allow high school sports and the performing arts to resume.
“Safety is everyone’s top priority and we cannot take shortcuts when it comes to the health and well-being of our young people,” said the freshman senator. “However, it is time to move forward and safely restart our school athletic programs, for all sports, and the performing arts.”
ONEONTA – Since his famous sculptor father’s passing in 2013, David Hayes Jr. of Oneonta has been striving to continue elevating the artist’s legacy, organizing exhibits of David Sr.’s massive metal artworks at prestigious museums around the country.
The younger Hayes’ mission – his father was also named David – will receive a significant boost in the next couple months, when the PBS reality show, “Legacy List With Matt Paxton,” airs on public television stations nationwide, including on WCNY Syracuse on Saturday, March 6, following “Antiques Roadshow.”
BEETHOVEN CONVERSATIONS – 7 p.m. Tune in for musical soiree ‘The Curse of Number Nine – Master of Symphony’ featuring pre-recorded presentation on Beethoven followed by live Q&A session with Maciej Żółtowski, Music Director, and Thomas Wolf, Executive Director. Q&A limited to 10 patrons. Please RSVP by 1/14. Next conversation to be held 2/27 on ‘Beethoven in Love – Songs and the Only Opera.’ Presented by The Catskill Symphony Orchestra. E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org to rsvp.
COOPERSTOWN – Hank Aaron’s “generosity of spirit and legendary accomplishments will live in Cooperstown forever,” Hall of Fame Chairman Jane Forbes Clark said in reaction to this morning’s passing of the baseball legend.
“Hank Aaron’s incredible talent on the baseball field was only matched by his dignity and character, which shone brightly, not only here in Cooperstown, but with every step he took,” said Clark.
“His courage while pursuing the game’s all-time home run record served as an example for millions of people inside and outside of the sports world, who were also aspiring to achieve their greatest dreams.”
The Hall of Famer broke MLB’s all-time home run mark on April 8, 1974, with No. 715 surpassing Yankees legend Babe Ruth. Aaron overcame death threats as he was fighting to break the mark. He retired with 755 home runs. His record was broken decades later by Barry Bonds.
Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1982, his first year of eligibility, he was a common sight on Cooperstown’s Main Street during Induction Weekend for years.