News of Otsego County


Oneonta Muralist Returns


OPENING RECEPTION – 5 – 7 p.m. View new works from returning Oneonta Artist Cynthia Marsh. Marsh once painted the murals around Oneonta before moving to Colorado including the mural ‘First People’ on Water St., Oneonta. Her new works are inspired by the ideas that came during the pandemic which she is now sharing with our community. Held at the Foothills Performing Arts Center, Oneonta. 607-431-2080 or visit

OTSEGO COUNTY FAIR – 10 a.m. – 9 p.m. Come enjoy music, rides, food, exhibits, and much more at the Otsego County Fair. Otsego County Fair Grounds, 469 Mill St., Morris. 607-263-5289 or visit

Hyde Hall Presents New Different Programs!

Hyde Hall Presents
New Different Programs!

Why is Hyde Hall using a drag show to share history this weekend? The answer is simple: why not?

It’s a little-known fact that historians like to have fun and experiment with ways of sharing the rich past with the public. A piece of Hyde Hall’s mission is to develop inclusive educational programs and events that help diverse audiences explore, appreciate, and understand history. To meet this portion of the mission, the museum has been developing various tours, recreated historic dinners, historic lighting and cocktail programs, folklore and ghost events, musical experiences, and now, a drag show. Hyde Hall in Drag explores nuances of the potency of the human experience and helps outline what happened on northern Otsego Lake over 200 years ago.

Thunderstorm Fells Tree Limb, Motorist

Thunderstorm Fells
Tree Limb, Motorist

A late afternoon thunderstorm brought with it heavy rain and strong winds which brought down a large tree limb on Chestnut Street, Cooperstown, near the New York Pizzeria. The limb fell on top of an SUV and one person was seen being loaded into an ambulance. The road is currently closed with traffic being directed to side streets and at least one power line is currently down. (Larissa Ryan/
Music on Main with Tim & Friends

Music on Main
with Tim & Friends

If you take a stroll down Main Street in Cooperstown, and you happen to hear what sounds like live music coming from somewhere, be sure to make your way to Pioneer Park at the intersection of Main and Pioneer streets. Local musicians have been known to set up and play just for the fun of it.

On Monday, August 1, we caught Tim and Friends playing a few of your favorite tunes, including covers of the Beatles, R.E.M., Sting, Grateful Dead and others.

All concerts are free. Musicians who would like to perform are invited to notify the Cooperstown Chamber of Commerce to be added to the schedule. Visit the chamber’s website at to sign up, to learn when the next Music on Main is scheduled, and for other Otsego County events.

Molinaro Listening to Business Leaders

Molinaro Listening to
Business Leaders

Vinnie Russo, proprietor of Mickey’s Place, talks with Marc Molinaro in a visit to Cooperstown on Tuesday, August 2

Marc Molinaro, candidate for Antonio Delgado’s U.S. House of Representatives seat, was on Main Street in Cooperstown on Tuesday talking to business owners and people in general.

“This is probably my tenth or twelve visit to this region. The region still holds on to the small villages and a sense of community, and the surrounding areas. The area still faces the same challenges though; I’ve been speaking with business owners and they are having a hard time getting labor, materials, and goods, and the cost of business is higher than it’s ever been before.

“Online competition is real. Those are the challenges that every community and their small businesses face,” Mr. Molinaro said.

He is running against Pat Ryan in the district.

Bound Volumes: August 4, 2022

Bound Volumes

August 4, 2022

We had occasion to step into the telephone office with a friend on Sunday last, when to our surprise we found counselor Brooks in charge. He was busily engaged in pulling out some stops and shoving in others, occasionally shouting “Hello!” and trying to hold a conversation with some party who must have thought that lightning had played mischief with the wires near Cooperstown. It was very warm in the office, and the new operator sweat like a man hoeing corn. He explained by saying: “Brady has stepped out for a few minutes and left me in charge.” After another ineffectual effort to find out “what the other fellow wanted,” he discontinued operations by shouting back: “If you are not drunk at that end of the line, just hold on about five minutes longer, and your wants will receive attention.”

August 5, 1887


‘Romeo & Juliet’ at the
Glimmer Globe Theater


SHAKESPEARE – 7 p.m. Enjoy a production of Shakespeare’s ‘Romeo & Juliet,’ the classic tale of tragic young love. Cost, $18/non-member. Glimmer Globe Theater, Fenimore Art Museum, Cooperstown. 607-547-1400 or visit

OTSEGO COUNTY FAIR – 10 a.m. – 9 p.m. Come enjoy music, rides, food, exhibits, and much more at the Otsego County Fair. Otsego County Fair Grounds, 469 Mill St., Morris. 607-263-5289 or visit

Fenimore Receives Digitization Grant

Fenimore Receives Digitization Grant

The Fenimore Art Museum has announced in a press release that they have received the Technology and Digitization grant from the South Central Regional Library Council (SCRLC).

The grant of $5,557.50 will be used to digitize the museum’s collection of microfilmed newspapers from Chenango and Delaware Counties including titles like the New Berlin Gazette and the Delhi Delaware Express.

These newly digitized papers will be added to NYS Historic Newspapers website, where scores of other regional newspapers, including The Freeman’s Journal, are available for the public to view on their home computers.


Small Town Big Band
Performs in Laurens


CONCERT – 6:30 – 8 p.m. The Village of Laurens is offering one last concert in its summer series, thanks to a residents generous gift. Come out and enjoy a performance of the Small Town Big Band at the historic gazebo in Knapp Park, Laurens. 607-441-5431.

OTSEGO COUNTY FAIR – 10 a.m. – 9 p.m. Come enjoy music, rides, food, exhibits, and much more at the Otsego County Fair. Otsego County Fair Grounds, 469 Mill St., Morris. 607-263-5289 or visit

In Memoriam William H. Schebaum, 74 December 10, 1947 – July 31, 2022

In Memoriam

William H. Schebaum, 74

December 10, 1947 – July 31, 2022

William H. Schebaum

William H. Schebaum, aged 74, passed from this life on the morning of July 31, 2022, surrounded by his loving family.

Bill was born on December 10, 1947, and raised in Northport, New York, the son of Henry August and Mary (Grant) Schebaum.

Growing up in a small seacoast village, Bill learned to swim and sail on the Long Island sound where he developed his love of boats and all bodies of water. He was educated in the Northport public schools, and excelled in both academics and athletics. He graduated from high school in 1965, having earned letters in soccer, basketball, and track. He earned his B.A. (B.S.?) from Windham College in Putney, Vermont, and his J.D. from New England School of Law in Boston, Mass. At Windham College, Bill was President of the student body, and studied government – beginning his lifelong involvement in the politics of his city, his state, and his country. In law school, Bill demonstrated his commitment to social justice by driving, as a volunteer, a school bus through the South End of Boston during the turbulent federally mandated racial de-segregation of the schools in that part of the city, where protesting citizens attacked the buses with stones.

Letter from Jim Renckens: Please Hold…

Letter from Jim Renckens

Please Hold…

After 2 years going silent to regroup their organizational strategies, under new CEO Tommy Ibrahim, and the Bassett Healthcare —“Your call is very important to us please stay on the line your call…”—Network is emerging with a legacy driven ad campaign.

This new campaign—“This call is very important to us please stay on the…”—will highlight the accomplishments of its founder Dr. Mary Imogene Bassett, one ofthe first female medical directors in—“Your call is very important to us please stay…”—the United States. It is a wonderful opportunity to share the history of our beloved MIB hospital. We ,who spend much time at MIB have not been aware of how—“This call is very important to us please…”—important and ground breaking Dr. Bassett was.


Summer Concert Series Continues


COOPERSTOWN CONCERT – 7 – 9 p.m. The Cooperstown Concert series returns for 2022 with an opening concert by Imani Winds. Known for their dynamic playing & adventurous programming which has inspired audiences of all ages and backgrounds. Tickets, $30/adult. The Otesaga, Cooperstown. 877-666-7421 or visit

Exploration Days at Hanford Mills

Exploration Days at Hanford Mills

The 2022 Exploration Days at Hanford Mills have been successful in giving visitors a chance to explore the Mill and experience a variety of engaging activities and programs offered by local presenters and staff at Hanford Mills.

As part of the August 13th Exploration Day, they will again welcome cooper, Bob Allers. He will demonstrate historic coopering skills, sharing the tools and techniques of constructing buckets, tubs, casks, and other containers. Allers taught Earth Science for 34 years. For 12 summers, he worked as a seasonal National Park Service Park Ranger at Fort Stanwix National Monument where he began learning the trade of coopering.

Column from Paula DiPerna: Snapshot from a return to the Induction

Column from Paula DiPerna

Snapshot from a
return to the Induction

I decided to go this year — it’s been so long, and it was fun, even jaunty, to fall in with the crowd, hundreds making their way to the Induction ground — loners and families, crowds and couples. Cars with plates from all the states most likely were jammed wherever they could be fit, sun shining off their baking roofs. My road led straight to the heart of things, footsteps away.

It seemed everyone from everywhere was there on the lawn, every square of grass taken, and a sea of umbrellas, tents, and caps. I lingered for a bit with a family from the Dominican Republic — looked like three generations — there like so many to roar in David Ortiz, this year’s favorite inductee by far. I said I’d been down to the DR not too long ago, to ”Punta….” “Cana!” they filled in before I could. “We’re from Samana.” I said I loved their island, which is true, and that I’d even been to San Pedro de Macoris, birthplace of many baseball players who got to turn pro. “Fantastic,” they say.

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