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1,000 Babies In Line For Their First Books

1,000 Babies In Line

For Their First Books

Ronald Warner and Krista Spooner-Warner, of Fultonville, with their son Conlee, receive a hand-sewn tote and children’s book from Barbara Potter, who initiated the project on behalf of the Four County Library System and Better World Books. Looking on is Catherine Lane, a registered nurse in the Bassett Birthing Center.

COOPERSTOWN – Five local libraries and Better World Books (BWB), with a grant from the Four County Library System, will provide the parents of 1,000 babies born at Bassett Hospital with their new baby’s first book and a hand-sewn tote to carry it home in.

Barbara Potter, who works at Kinney Memorial Library in Hartwick, pulled the project together. She pooled funds from the Springfield, Cherry Valley, Huntington (Oneonta), Cooperstown (Friends of the Library) and Kinney libraries to buy material to make the totes and reached out to BWB. When BWB learned of the initiative, it offered to donate all 1,000 books.

HOMETOWN HISTORY, April 26, 2013

HOMETOWN HISTORY, April 26, 2013

100 Years Ago
The lives of more than 100 miners were snuffed out shortly after noon today (April 23, 1913) when a disastrous explosion occurred in the Cincinnati Mine at the Monongahela Consolidated Coal and Coke Company at Finleyville, about 27 miles southeast of Pittsburgh. More than three score of workmen in the mine made thrilling escapes to the surface, crawling most of the time on their hands and knees through deadly gas fumes and over debris. Many of the men sustained burns. By 11 o’clock tonight 70 bodies of victims had been recovered having been located by rescuing squads of the United States Bureau of Mines and the coal company. The fire which followed the explosion has been subdued, it is said. From 76 to 78 men made their escape. Only a few of the miners who reached the surface were in a condition to talk. Seven foreign miners, who crawled from one of the entrances, all seriously burned, said the mine was “full of dead people.”
April 1913

80 Years Ago
An Englishman traveling through the United States jotted down some of the names of towns he passed through. In Mississippi they have Hot Coffee, Whynot, Possum Neck, Yoso, and Ten Mile; in Florida, Fifty-seven Mile, Three Sisters, Sonny Boy, Sisters Welcome, Jap Jay and Two Egg; in North Carolina, Hog Quarter Maiden, Matrimony, and Red Bug; in South Carolina, Six Mile, Sixty-Six, Ninety-Six and Nine Times; in Virginia, Ego, Pancake, Red Eye, Topnot and Swallow Well; in Arkansas, Fifty-Six, Poorman, Riddle, Self, Seldom and Smackover; in Louisiana, Blanks, Wham, Rufus and Uncle Sam; in Tennessee, Calf Killer and Gizzards; in Alabama, Java.
April 1933

60 Years Ago
Oneonta firemen proved their mettle early yesterday morning when an oil truck caught fire and threatened to blow the Chestnut and West Streets neighborhood to smithereens. With the rear of the huge truck completely aflame, firemen could have “played it safe” by fighting the blaze from a distance and hoping for the best. But they didn’t. Unmindful of their own safety, but fearful that some 4,500 gallons of oil might explode any second and wreck the vicinity they rushed right up to the truck and began spraying foam and chemicals. Few bystanders realized the seriousness of the dramatic duel between five men and a hot fire. “Anything could have happened. We might have been hurt or killed,” Chief Joseph Scanlon said. In the late 1930s, when another oil tanker caught fire at River and Main, Francis Wright drove it all the way to the Pony Farm crossing to avoid any explosion in a heavily populated residential area. Several years ago, another tanker hit icy pavement on Main Street and cracked into a tree. Its oil load spilled into the street. In each case, firemen risked death to save lives and property. “You’ve got to take chances,” Chief Scanlon said. “That’s our job. Thank God, we’ve never had difficulties.” Chief Scanlon’s crew included Frank Angellotti, Kenneth Hooks, Nicholas Gardner, and Howard Fields. Other Oneonta firemen include Edward McDonough, Lester Haines, Donald Rarick, Herbert Sweet, and James Gill.
April 1953

40 Years Ago
An interesting new book at the Huntington Library is titled “The Pact” by Orlando R. Petrocelli. This is a novel about a well-established Wall Street financier with a reputation for being ruthless in his business dealings. Although the Carlanas had become a premier family in the country, this man wanted to see one of his sons in the White House. If you liked “The Godfather” you’ll love “The Pact.”
Private Brenda Muehl, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Muehl, Oneonta, has graduated from Marine Recruit Training, Parris Island, South Carolina. Private Muehl is a 1972 graduate of Oneonta Senior High School and enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps for a period of four years.April 1973

30 Years Ago
Otsego County Republican Elections Commissioner Guy Maddalone has named Ann Paradis of Oneonta to succeed Violet Schallert as his full-time deputy commissioner and clerk in the Board of Elections office. Mrs. Paradis is the owner of R.E. Brigham Jewelers, Main Street, Oneonta. She is currently president of the Otsego County Women’s Republican Club and serves as vice-chairman of the Otsego County GOP Committee. She also coordinated last fall’s campaign to elect state assemblyman John McCann.
April 1983

20 Years Ago
Hartwick College students will try to set a new category and world record for the Guiness Book of World Records by making the “World’s Largest Group Hug” on Thursday evening. Hartwick students, faculty, staff and administrators, plus students from the State University College at Oneonta, and Oneonta residents are invited to participate in the event. After the group meets at Hartwick’s Astroturf Playing Field at 6 p.m. instructions on making the hug will be given. The activity is part of “Wellness Week,” Hartwick’s alternative to “Alcohol Awareness Week.” The latter is supported by a brewing concern that raises a conflict of interest. “Wellness Week” emphasizes six areas of life – physical, emotional, intellectual, spiritual, social and occupational.
April 1993

10 Years Ago
Hartwick College officials are expected to choose a successor to outgoing President Richard Detweiler from among three finalists by the end of next week. The search committee is expected to make its final recommendation to the Board of Trustees on Friday, May 2. Scheduled for today’s interview on campus is Richard P. Miller, Jr., vice chancellor and chief operating officer of the State University of New York. A graduate of Middlebury College, Miller was senior vice-president and chief operating officer at the University of Rochester from 1986 to 2000. He also serves as a trustee of Hobart and William Smith College. He is a decorated Vietnam War veteran.
April 2003

IN MEMORIAM: Bill Bowes, 89, Survived WWII Kamikaze Attack

IN MEMORIAM: Bill Bowes, 89,

Survived WWII Kamikaze Attack

An image from the kamikaze attack on the USS Santee, which Bill Bowes remembered all his days.
An image from the kamikaze attack on the USS Santee, which Bill Bowes remembered all his days.
William Bowes
William M.

COOPERSTOWN – William Morris Bowes, 89, who witnessed a kamikaze attack on the USS Santee during World War II, died Tuesday afternoon, Feb. 3, 2015, at Fulton Center for Rehabilitation & Healthcare in Gloversville.

Born May 12, 1925, in Albany, he was the son of Thomas C. and Margaret (Dilts) Bowes.

Raised in Oneonta, he attended St. Mary’s Catholic School and graduated from Oneonta High School.  On May 8, 1943, he entered the Navy, serving his country during World War II as a radioman.  He was stationed onboard the aircraft-carrier USS Santee and was involved in many naval battles.

Howard C. Talbot Jr., 89, Cooperstown, former Hall of Fame director


Calling Hours Tuesday, Funeral Wednesday

For Retired Baseball Hall Of Fame Director

Howard C. Talbot Jr. (Milo V. Stewart/Baseball Hall of Fame)
Howard C. Talbot Jr. (Milo V. Stewart/Baseball Hall of Fame)

COOPERSTOWN – Howard Chase Talbot, Jr., retired National Baseball Hall of Fame director – the equivalent at the time of today’s president – from 1976 to 1993, passed away with his family by his side Saturday evening, July 18, 2015, at Bassett Hospital.  He was 89.

Born Oct. 6, 1925, in New Berlin, Howard was the son of Howard C. Talbot, Sr. and Gladys Jacobs Talbot.

Raised in Edmeston, “Juney,” as he was known to his parents, attended Edmeston Central School and later Manlius Military Academy.  He spent many summers of his youth on the shores of Otsego Lake as an attendee and counselor of Camp Chenango.  Howard would go on to share a lifelong enjoyment of the outdoors with his family and friends.

On Dec. 15, 1943, he was inducted into the Army, serving his country during World War II with the 426th Field Artillery Battalion.  Upon receiving his Honorable Discharge from the Military on May 6, 1946, Howard returned home and obtained a degree from the Utica School of Commerce.

Costas Wins Frick Award For Broadcast Excellence

Costas Wins Frick Award

For Broadcast Excellence

Bob Costas

COOPERSTOWN – Bob Costas, a star of NBC Sports since the early 1960s and a presence at Hall of Fame Inductions for decades, has been selected as the 2018 recipient of the Hall’s Ford C. Frick Award for excellence in broadcasting.

 Costas will be recognized during the Hall of Fame Awards Presentation on Saturday, July 28, as part of Hall of Fame Weekend 2018. Costas becomes the 42nd winner of the Frick Award, as he earned the highest point total in a vote conducted by the Hall of Fame’s 15-member Frick Award Committee.

Landin Van Buren, 94, WWII Combat Veteran, Vice Principal

Landin Van Buren, 94, WWII

Combat Veteran, Vice Principal

Landin I. Van Buren

ONEONTA – Landin Irving Van Buren, 94, who fought in the Battle of the Bulge during World War II and later rose to vice principal at Oneonta Junior High School  laid down his working tools on Sept. 25, 2017.

Landin was born May 3, 1923, in Oneonta, where he lived his entire life except for the World War II years. He graduated from Oneonta High School in 1941, and in the fall of that year entered Hartwick College as a chemistry major.

Therese Gadomski, 91; Helped Polish Resistance During WWII

IN MEMORIAM: Therese Gadomski, 91;

Helped Polish Resistance During WWII

Therese Gadomski

COOPERSTOWN – Therese Gadomski, a mother of six and a distinguished World War II veteran, passed away July 27, 2015, in Englewood, Fla.

Therese was born in Warsaw, Poland Sept. 21, 1924, and grew up there and in its outskirt where she developed a love of animals and flowers. Her teenage years were shattered by the outbreak of World War II during which she was a covert courier of gold and dollars to fund Poland’s underground Home Army.

During the Warsaw uprising, she was in an auxiliary nursing unit, was captured and remarkably released shortly after the capitulation of the resistance fighters.

Following World War II, she escaped Soviet domination by being clandestinely smuggled to Belgium where she completed her master’s degree at the Gembloux Agricultural University. She met her future husband Richard Gadomski there and they married Oct. 28, 1949. As part of the Polish displaced persons quota program, they immigrated to the United States arriving in New York on Dec. 10, 1951.


Henry F. Gardner, 96; WWII Vet, Pioneer In Field Of Prosthetics

Henry Gardner, 96; WWII Vet,

Pioneer In Field Of Prosthetics

Henry F. Gardner
Henry F. Gardner

MARYLAND – Henry F. Gardner, a World War II veteran and pioneer in the development of prosthetic devices, passed away at Bassett Hospital on March 28, 2016, with his family by his side.

Hank was born April 9, 1919, in Stephenson , Mich., to Michael and Alice Naden Gardner.

Following High School graduation at Kingsford, Mich., he joined the Army Transport Service Marine Division.  A graduate of the Marine Officer Academy in 1942, he served as an engineering officer on board the H-11 in the Pacific and the E.B. Alexander in the North Atlantic.

After World War II, he joined the Veterans Administration as a prosthetics technician and attended New York University where he received a degree, majoring bio-mechanics.

Cooperstown softball teams hold autism awareness walk

Cooperstown softball teams hold autism awareness walk

By GREG KLEIN • Special to

COOPERSTOWN– Cooperstown’s softball players organized a 2.5 mile walk around the village Wednesday, April 28, to raise money and awareness for autism.

About 30 softball players, including modified, junior varsity and varsity players, walked from Cooperstown’s middle/high school to Main Street and back. They were joined by teachers, coaches, parents and one of their classmates who is on the autism spectrum, junior Kai Boulet, who led the walk.

From left, senior softball players Ellie Hotaling, Abby Miller and Carly Erway lead a group of teammates and younger players on a walk for autism awareness Wednesday, April 28, in Cooperstown.

The event was sponsored by the school’s Leadership Training for Athletes program, with support from LTA sponsor Monica Wolfe, who coaches the modified softball team, and special education teacher Stephanie Nelen and Boulet’s aide, Dawn Chase.

The teams raised $1,400 for the Kelberman Center, with seventh graders Arya Patel and Kayleigh Butler raising the most money individually, $665 and $415, respectively.

Ruth Aileen Roland, 95; Ph.D., Professor, Author

Ruth Aileen Roland, 95;

Ph.D., Professor, Author

SCHENEVUS – Schenevus native Ruth Aileen Roland, who worked her way through college to a Ph.D., became a political science professor and published two books on world affairs, died Monday, Oct. 23, 2017.

She was born Oct. 28, 1922, in Schenevus, the daughter of Mayo Roland and Alice Green Roland.

Ruth was an academic and an intellectual. In 1939, she left her family home in Schenevus, the weekend she graduated from high school and moved to New York City. She found an apartment, got a job, and enrolled in college.

Arthur Wannamaker,91; WWII Veteran Moved To County In 1950s

IN MEMORIAM: Arthur Wannamaker,91;

WWII Veteran Moved To County In 1950s

CHERRY VALLEY – Arthur Adam Wannamaker, a World War II veteran who moved from Long Island to Cherry Valley in the 1950s, died Dec. 13, 2018. He was 91.

Born March 28, 1927, in Springfield, Long Island, to Charles Wannamaker and Wilhelmina H. Shriefer. He grew up in Brooklyn, and at the Wartburg Orphans Farm School in Mount Vernon.

Mass For John Nowhitney Jan. 27; Navy Vet Fought On Belleau Wood

Mass For John Nowhitney 6/27;

Navy Vet Fought On Belleau Wood

John Nowhitney’s actions on Oct. 30, 1944, when the USS Belleau Wood was struck by a kamikaze, resulted in his induction into the state Veterans Hall of Fame more than six decades later.
John Nowhitney’s actions on Oct. 30, 1944, when the USS Belleau Wood was struck by a kamikaze, resulted in his induction into the state Veterans Hall of Fame more than six decades later.
John Nowhitney
John Nowhitney

ONEONTA – The funeral mass for John Patrick Nowhitney, 93, a decorated Navy veteran of World War II, serving on the USS Belleau Wood aircraft carrier when it came under kamikaze attack, and member of the state Veterans Hall of Fame, will be celebrated at 10:15 a.m. Monday, June 27, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, 39 Walnut St.

Mr. Nowhitney passed away Monday, May 23, 2016 at the state Veterans Home in Oxford, with his family by his side.

Interment with full military honors will follow at 3 p.m. at Gerald B.H. Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery, 200 Duell Road, Schuylerville. A reception for family and friends will follow at 4-7 p.m. at Harvest and Hearth Restaurant, County Route 67 (Stafford Bridge Road), Saratoga Springs.


Day Of The Dead In The Library


LATINO HERITAGE – Noon-2 p.m. Celebrate Day of the Dead. Activities include games, sharing of stories and Mexican Cultural Traditions, coloring sugar skulls, building colorful displays to honor important people in your life. Cooperstown Village Library. Call 607-547-8344 or visit

ADOPTOBERFEST!!! – Noon-4 p.m. Celebrate Halloween with a pumpkin painting contest, children’s costume contest, face painting, shelter tour, more. Susquehanna Animal Shelter, Cooperstown. Call 607-547-8111 or visit

Over Lifetime, Growing Forest Brought Conservationist Home

Over Lifetime, Growing Forest

Brought Conservationist Home

Editor’s Note: This appreciation of Henry S. Kernan, 2008 OCCA Conservationist of the Year and author of “The Gifts of a Forest,” was prepared by his grandson. Friends are invited to visit the family 2-5 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 2, at 457 County Highway 40, South Worcester.  In recent years, Mr. Kernan resided at Woodside Hall, Cooperstown.

Henry S. Kernan signs copies of his book,
Henry S. Kernan signs copies of his book, “The Gifts of a Forest,” when he was honored as 2008 OCCA Conservationist of the Year.


SOUTH WORCESTER – To Henry Sherrill Kernan, a walk through the woods was no mere stroll, but, as naturalist John Muir said, a way into understanding the universe itself. More than a simple desire to be outside motivated his epic ramblings; they were bound up in a deep commitment to learning that led him from the rocky hills of Cyprus to the tropical forests of Borneo.

Perseverance and curiosity were pronounced traits that motivated him to study the languages of the 36 countries where he worked during his long career as a forester. He and his wife raised five children in Iran, Spain, and South Korea, all the while managing a working forest in Upstate New York.

HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for Saturday, Oct. 29

HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for Saturday, Oct. 29

World Series Viewing Party

in the

Baseball Hall of Fame!




HALL OF FAME – 7:30 p.m. Baseball World Series Gala. Adults $10, Child $5. Info, (607) 547-0397,

RECEPTION – 5-7 p.m. Exhibition opening “Ceramics & Photo Journals: Capturing the Process.” Cherry Branch Gallery, 25 Main St, Cherry Valley. For more information visit their website at or call (607)264-9530.

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