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Hawkeyes captain Jack Lambert drives past Jaheim Virgil of the Middle Early College Kats during the Boys Basketball Class C Championship at the Veteran’s Memorial Arena in Binghamton this afternoon. (Ian Austin/

By LIBBY CUDMORE • Special to

John Kennedy of the Cooperstown Hawkeyes goes for a basket against Traemelle Stevens-Richardson, Anthony Smith and Jamond Jones of the Middle Early College Kats.

BINGHAMTON – Hot on the heels of yesterday’s triple-overtime win against Greenport, the Hawkeyes made their 71-61 championship game against the Middle Early College Kats look easy, seizing a 10-point lead early on and never letting up.

“A game like yesterday can drain you emotionally, but when I got on the bus this morning and saw them I knew they were ready,” said Coach John Lambert.

“The energy from winning yesterday really carried over to today,” said sophomore John Kennedy. The 6-foot-8 team newcomer, who  brought out plenty of cheers from the packed stands.





Against a backdrop of CCS fans who packed the Broome County Veterans Memorial today, the new state champions exult. From left are Assistant Coach Matt Hulbert, Noah Lifgren, Jack Lambert, Calvin Sandler, Ryan Lansing, Spencer Lewis, Ryan Burns, Kyle Santello, Jesse Furnari, Ben Tafuro, Kyle Myer, John Kennedy and Coach John Lambert. (Ian Austin/

BINGHAMTON – The Cooperstown Hawkeyes handily beat Buffalo’s Middle Early College, 71-61, to win the Class C state basketball championship at the Broome County Veterans Memorial a few minutes ago.

Coop’s Jesse Furnari scored the first basketball, and the Hawkeyes took the lead and maintained it for the whole game.  It was 19-9 at the end of the first quarter, 34-22 at the half, and 50-35 at the end of the third quarter, when a CCS victory seemed almost inevitable.

Littlest Dancer Charms At St. Patrick’s Luncheon

Littlest Dancer Charms

At St. Patrick’s Luncheon

The littlest dancer, Ava Salzman, 7, of South Hartwick, performing with the Iona Troupe, charmed the crowd at the St. Patrick’s Day luncheon that followed Sunday mass at Christ Episcopal Church in Cooperstown at noon today.  The full range of St. Patty’s cuisine was available, including two types of corned beef, one steeped in Fly Creek Cider Mill cider, according to chef Bill Waller.  Inset, Ava receives congratulations from her brother Henry, 7 months, who is in mom Amanda’s arms.  (Jim Kevlin/

Fly Creek Philharmonic Again Packs The House

THEME: ‘Water, Water Everywhere’

Fly Creek Philharmonic

Again Packs The House

As emcee Chris Kjolhede put it, tonight’s annual Fly Creek Philharmonic performance, “Water, Water Everywhere,” was “the hottest ticket in town – except for the Cooperstown boys’ basketball team,” and – as always happens – it packed the Fly Creek United Methodist Church. In top photo, the chorus performs “Under the Sea”; front, from left, are Julie Huntsman, Scottie Baker, Celeste Johns, Judy Grin, Joelle LaChance, Sharon Rankins-Burd, Ellen Tillapaugh and Vicki Gates.  Inset left, “Singing in the Bathtub” featured, from left, Gary Kuch, Bill Hughes and Tom Huntsman.  The two-hour performance began with the traditional “Down in the River to Pray,” and ended with “Bridge Over Troubled Waters” and a standing ovation.  “Kids” in the troupe included Evelyn Baldo, Kayleigh Butler, Avery Croft, Paul Crowell, Lucy Hayes, Clara Pokorny and Creighton Williams.  Music by Ron Johnson, Tim Peters and Lorna Wilhelm.  (Jim Kevlin/

Step Dancers, Corned BeefFeatured At St. Pat’s Dinner

Step Dancers, Corned Beef

Featured At St. Pat’s Dinner

Hartwick’s O’Donnell-Kelly School of Dance brought the sounds and steps of Ireland to The Knights of Columbus Tekawitha Council 10968 annual St. Patrick’s Day Dinner this evening at St. Mary’s “Our Lady of the Lake” Parish Hall in Cooperstown. High-stepping out front is Tess DiLorenzo. Behind her, from left, are McKenna Selleck, Morgan Kelley and Maya Stevens. Inset at right is Fred Lemister, the evening’s official Leprechaun. At left is Chef Joe Carentz, who’s been contributing his expertise in the kitchen for years. (Jim Kevlin/

In Richfield, Spinning & Irish Music

In Richfield, Spinning & Irish Music

Deb Bruce was among spinners who demonstrated their skills this morning at the Richfield Springs Food Coop, to the rhythm of piped-in Irish music. Watching are Dan Sullivan, a food coop board member, and Ronda Morrison. Deb, who retired locally from Dartmouth, Mass., has been knitting with yarn she spins herself for a dozen years now. Ten years ago, she began raising her own sheep to provide the raw material. (Jim Kevlin/
Where The Action Was Today In Oneonta – OWL Paintfest

Where The Action Was Today

In Oneonta – OWL Paintfest

Escaping mom Amanda, Ava Wilber, 2, of Oneonta, makes a bee-line for where the action was – painting, painting and more painting – this morning at the annual OWL Paintfest at the Foxcare Center in Oneonta. This year’s theme was The Five Senses, which resulted in a lot of hands-on activity. Inset, Darcie Cooperman’s boys – from left, Emmett, 3, Gabriel, 6, Henry, 8, and Avery, 5 – eyes pop as they pick from a display of chocolate bars. The New Jersey family stopped by Paintfest while visiting grandmom Donna Cooperman, Hobart.   The event was organized by Oneonta World of Learning (OWL), with support from Fox Hospital. (Jim Kevlin/





CCS Topples Greenport,

108-98, in Triple Overtime

Jack Lambert, right, hugs Ryan Lansing as the Hawkeyes celebrate their 108-98 win over the Greenport Porters this afternoon at the Veterans Memorial Arena in Binghamton. The first Final Four game stretched into triple overtime, but the Hawkeyes held on, setting a new record for highest score during a championship game, with Lambert alone scoring 53 points. Later this afternoon, Middle Early College, a Buffalo magnet school, defeated defending champ, Lake George, 80-63, and will face the Hawkeyes at noon tomorrow in the Broome County arena for the state title. (Ian Austin/
On WAMC’s ‘Morning Headlines’, EditorReports On DiPerna At Vatican Conference

On WAMC’s ‘Morning Headlines’, Editor

Reports On DiPerna At Vatican Conference

Last July, Paula DiPerna met Pope Francis individually. At last week’s conference, he spoke to all 200 delegates in the Sala Regia, telling them, “When we speak of development, we must always ask: Development of what and development for whom.”  (Vatican City official photo)

On this week’s “Morning Headlines” on WAMC/Northeast Public Radio, Jim Kevlin, editor/ publisher of (and Hometown Oneonta & the Freeman’s Journal), reports on Cooperstown’s Paula DiPerna returning to the Vatican for a conference preparing reports for the United Nation’s Sept. 23 Climate Change conference at U.N. Plaza in New York City, “Climate Summit 2019: A Race We Can Win.”

Delgado Co-Sponsors Bill To Create Office To Fight Spread Of Lyme Disease

Delgado Co-Sponsors Bill

To Create Office To Fight

Spread Of Lyme Disease

This is a tick bite. If you notice the characteristic shape, see a doctor. ( photo)

WASHINGTON – With Lyme disease cases rising 78 percent from 2007 to 2017 in the 19th District he represents, U.S. Rep. Antonio Delgado has signed on as a cosponsor to the National Lyme & Tick-Borne Diseases Control & Accountability Act of 2019.

The bipartisan legislation creates a new Office of Oversight & Coordination for Tick-Borne Disease and would create a national plan to address Lyme disease.

“Lyme disease is under-studied and under-reported; we need a comprehensive federal plan that looks at Lyme disease from all angles,” Delgado said.

Milford Approves $4.69M In School Upgrades

$4.7M Bond OK’d, MCS

Work Due This Summer

HVAC, Bathrooms, Fire Alarms To Be Upgraded,
Energy Efficiencies Planned, Superintendent Says

By LIBBY CUDMORE • Special to

MILFORD – Work is slated to begin this summer on $4.69M in upgrades to the Milford Central School after a 244-184 vote approved the capital improvement project on Tuesday, March 12.

“It’s a win for the community, students and staff,” said Superintendent Mark Place. “The building is 30 years old, and this project addresses some upgrades that regular maintenance can’t take care of.”

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