News of Otsego County

M-W-P to open new show Saturday about fashion creations made of paper
‘Le Cheval de Mer’ (Seahorse) 2010 (Munson-Williams-Proctor Institute)

M-W-P to open new show Saturday
about fashion creations made of paper

STAFF REPORT • Special to

Full-scale masterpieces, representing more than 500 years of fashion, history and artifice, expressed in paper by celebrated contemporary Belgian artist Isabelle de Borchgrave, will be showcased in “Fashioning Art from Paper,” opening Saturday, Oct. 17, in the Munson-Williams-Proctor Institute in Utica.

Through her manipulation of paper and paint, de Borchgrave fashions meticulously detailed reinterpretations of historic garments found in early European paintings and collections from around the world. Her work includes representations of the Renaissance finery of the Medici family, gowns worn by Queen Elizabeth I and creations of the grand courtiers of the 19th and 20th centuries.

Chief Uncas moves to new home
Paul Nevin, director for the Zimmerman Center for Heritage, works on the Chief Uncas on Tuesday, Oct. 12, to prepare her to move from Otsego Lake to Lake Clarke in Pennsylvania. (Kevin Limiti/

Chief Uncas moves to new home

By KEVIN LIMITI • Special to

Cooperstown’s most famous boat, Chief Uncas, is moving to a new home.

The 55-foot-long boat, which is 109 years old and has been ridden by President Herbert Hoover, among other dignitaries, is set to be moved to Lake Clarke, Pennsylvania, so it can give boat tours on the Susquehanna River by the Susquehanna National Heritage Area.

Mark Platts, president of the Susquehanna National Heritage Area, said he has gotten “very intimate” with the boat, which has become a staple for Otsego Lake.

“We’ve come to appreciate how much people in Cooperstown really care about this boat,” Platts said, who mentioned he traveled up to Cooperstown seven times. “I think people’s reaction to this boat is just visceral, emotional.”

Editorial: Hail to the Chief

Hail to the Chief

A legendary member of the Otsego Lake community has bid us farewell this week. Ownership of the Chief Uncas, the 55-foot electric launch that has continuously plied these ancient waters for just fewer than 110 years, has been transferred to the Susquehanna National Heritage Area, in Wrightsville, PA, a not-for-profit organization focused on the cultural and natural resources of the Susquehanna River and the communities along its shores.

The Chief Uncas arrived on the lake June 15, 1912, delivered to Adolphus Busch, founder of the Anheuser Busch Company, who had just eight years earlier purchased Uncas Lodge, the large house and farm at Three-Mile Point. And so began the storied history of a remarkable craft and the loving family that cared for her.

Sale of Church and Scott marks end of era
From left, Bill Adsit, David Adsit, retiring Church and Scott owners, with new owner Rob Makofske. (Tara Barnwell/

Sale of Church and Scott marks end of era

STAFF REPORT • Special to

It’s been a family affair since 1950.

David Adsit, owner of Church and Scott Pharmacy, retired Wednesday, Oct. 13. His brother Bill, whom he worked alongside for many years, retired in March.

Their father bought Church and Scott Pharmacy in 1950 from Al Meehan, 71 years ago, when it was at the corner of Main and Pioneer Streets in Cooperstown. It remained there until 1993 when the business moved to State Route 28, in front of Ace Hardware, just outside of the village.

“I’ve enjoyed doing this for the last 41 years. Cooperstown has meant a lot to me and my family,” David said. “It’s been a great community and the support has been incredible. I’ll forever be indebted to our loyal customers and to our staff. Now I will try to do nothing for a while, except, of course, my horseracing.”

Otsego County announces another death from COVID

Otsego County announces
another death from COVID

STAFF REPORT • Special to

Otsego County’s Department of Health announced Wednesday, Oct. 13, that another county resident has died from the coronavirus.

According to county records, 52 residents have died from the virus in 2021 and 71 total since the pandemic began in 2020.

The DOH also reported 23 new positive cases Wednesday, with a seven-day average positivity rate of 3.7%.

According to the DOH, 54.7% of the total county population is fully vaccinated, including 79.7% of senior citizens and 61% of people 12 and older.

Ribbon cutting at Badger Park to mark opening of new pavilion


The new pavilion in Badger Park arrived Wednesday, Oct. 6, and there will be a ribbon cutting Saturday, Oct. 16. (Tom Hohensee)

Ribbon cutting at Badger Park
to mark opening of new pavilion

By PATRICK DEWEY • Special to

A ribbon cutting will take place at 10 a.m., Saturday, Oct. 16, at Cooperstown’s Badger Park to open a new pavilion.

The purchase of the pavilion is a result of a partnership between Cooperstown Friends of the Parks and the Cooperstown Lions Club in conjunction with the village.

Susie Knight, the acting chairperson of Friends of the Parks, said her group first had the idea for the pavilion.

The AllOtsego Report, Ep. 20: The mental health edition

The AllOtsego Report, Ep. 20:
The mental health edition

In episode 20 of The AllOtsego Report, The mental health edition, Greg and Kevin go off script and speak about mental health as Greg shares the grief and trauma of the unexpected death of a 17-year-old relative Sunday.

Trigger warning: Suicide and mental health are discussed in this episode and tears are shed.

The national suicide prevention hotline number is 800-273-8255. They are ready to listen 24/7 and ready to help in any way they can.

This episode is dedicated to the memory of Noah Matthew Daigle, 2004 to 2021, and his family. If you would like to express your sympathy to the family, Noah’s mom asks that in lieu of flowers, people consider donating to the Jason Foundation (, a wonderful organization dedicated to the prevention of youth suicide.

Click here to listen

SUNY Oneonta president seeks to improve student experience
Cardelle (contributed)

SUNY Oneonta president
seeks to improve student experience

By KEVIN LIMITI • Special to

ONEONTA — The new SUNY Oneonta President, Alberto Cardelle, said he is aiming to make things easier and safer for students as well as to improve town-gown relationships.

Prior to taking over the role of SUNY President, Cardelle was a provost and vice president for academic affairs at Fitchburg State

University in Massachusetts. Before that, he spent 15 years at East Stroudsburg University, where he began as an assistant professor for public health in 1999, eventually becoming a department chair in 2001.

Cardelle spoke about his experiences growing up and what led him to take over the mantle of president at the largest college in the area.

Wednesday Sports Roundup: Franklin/Unatego, Milford/Laurens advance to TVL boys soccer final
Riley Stevens and Zach Brown celebrate Stevens’ game-tying goal against CV-S in the TVL playoffs Wednesday. (Cheryl Clough).

Wednesday Sports Roundup:
Franklin/Unatego, Milford/Laurens
advance to TVL boys soccer final

STAFF REPORT • Special to

Sometimes, four schools are better than two.

The combined teams of Franklin/Unatego and Milford/Laurens advanced to the Tri-Valley League boys soccer championship game with semifinal wins Wednesday, Oct. 13.

In Milford, No. 2 seeded M/L topped Cherry Valley-Springfield on a golden goal by Brock Mann on a throw-in by Martin Thorsland in overtime to win, 3-2.

Adam Peddie and Riley Stevens also scored for Milford/Laurens (11-4, 8-1).

Kris Cade and Allan Parker scored for Cherry Valley-Springfield (7-4, 6-3), which got 12 saves form Gavin Valenta.

In Franklin, Matthew Serrao had a hat trick to help top-seeded Franklin/Unatego to a 5-1 win over visiting Schenevus, the four seed.

Connor Kulp and Wyatt Beers also scored for Franklin/Unatego (12-1-1, 9-0), which got assists from Henry Barnes and Chase Birdsall.

Mehki Regg scored for Schenevus (8-6, 5-4).

The top seeds will meet for the TVL boys title at 1 p.m, Saturday, Oct. 14, at Wright National Soccer Campus in Oneonta.

Franklin/Unatego beat M/L, 4-2, in Laurens on Sept. 21.

More sports below.

HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO: Oneonta History Soceity to hold annual dinner 10-14-21

Oneonta History Society
to hold annual dinner


ANNUAL DINNER – 5:30 p.m. Fundraising dinner with the Greater Oneonta Historical Society. Celebrate their accomplishments and raise money for the future. Cost, $55/non-member. Hosted at Toscana Northern Italian Grill, 76 Chestnut St., Oneonta. 607-432-0960 or visit

Positive COVID tests reported at Unatego; football schedule changes made, new game scheduled

Positive COVID tests reported at Unatego;
football schedule changes made,
new game scheduled

STAFF REPORT • Special to

According to school officials at Unatego Central School, a teacher and elementary school student have tested positive for COVID-19.

In addition, the school is delaying two football games originally scheduled for the next two weeks and will be picking up a game against Moravia at 7 p.m. Thursday Oct. 14.* The football rescheduling was done based on COVID issues with one of the opposing teams.

According to a message posted on the UCS website by Superintendent David Richards on Tuesday, Oct. 12, the school was informed Tuesday about the two positive tests. The student was last in school Thursday, Oct. 7, and the teacher was last in school Friday, Oct. 8, Richards said.

In the case of the student no contact tracing or quarantines will be necessary, Richards said, but with the teacher, the district is working with the Otsego County Department of Health on contact tracing.

Chief Uncas prepared for her move

The Chief Uncas, a nearly 110-year-old resident of Otsego Lake, is loaded onto a flatbed Wednesday, Oct. 13, at Sam Smith Boatyard in the town of Otsego. (Greg Klein/

Chief Uncas prepared
for her move

STAFF REPORT • Special to

Otsego Lake is saying goodbye to a century-old resident this week.

The Chief Uncas, a 55-foot electric launch, has been transferred by descendants of the Busch family to the Susquehanna National Heritage Area, in Wrightsville, Pennsylvania, where it will be preserved and used to tell the story of the river and its headwaters at Otsego Lake.

Using a crane and flatbed, the boat was loaded Wednesday, Oct. 13, and will depart for Pennsylvania on Thursday.

See this week’s papers and Thursday for more information.

Oneonta opens ‘bark park’ in Neahwa
Oneonta officials open the dog park in Neahwa Park on Tuesday, Oct. 12. Pictured, from left, are Common Council members Mark Drnek and Luke Murphy, Mayor Gary Herzig, Park Administrator Lou Lansing, Park Commissioner Beth Ashbaugh, Common Council member Len Carson and City Administrator Greg Mattice. (Contributed).

Oneonta opens
‘bark park’ in Neahwa

STAFF REPORT • Special to

After more than a year of planning, Oneonta opened a dog park in Neahwa Park with a ribbon cutting Tuesday, Oct. 12.

The dog park will be open during daylight hours for the remainder of this fall. The facility will close for the winter months, but will reopen in the spring 2022. The dog park is located near the skatepark and public parking is available for visitors to both facilities in that section of the park.

The park features two play areas, one for larger dogs and one for smaller ones.


Franklin, Schenevus advance to TVL girls final
Franklin’s Shannon Kingsbury runs with the ball as Milford defender Delaney Maison chases her in the first half of the Tri-Valley girls soccer semifinal Tuesday. Kingsbury scored the game’s first goal and the Purple Devils defeated the Wildcats 2-1 to earn a spot in the TVL title game Saturday. (Cheryl Clough).

Franklin, Schenevus
advance to TVL girls final

STAFF REPORT • Special to

Top seeded Schenevus and No. 2 Franklin won Tri-Valley League playoff games Tuesday, Oct. 13, to advance to Saturday’s league-championship game.

In Franklin, Kayla Campbell scored the game winner on a pass from Marissa Campbell with 3:04 left in the game to send the Purple Devils to the championship with a 2-1 win over third-seeded Milford.

Franklin started the scoring Tuesday when seventh grader Shannon Kingsbury scored on a pass from Valentina Temple with 17 minutes left in the first half.

However, Milford answered quickly, tying the game three minutes later when Kara Mertz scored on a through ball from Mikenna Buriello.

In Schenevus,  Taylor Knapp had two goals and an assist and Angie Competiello scored twice to lead top-seeded Schenevus to an 8-0 win over No. 4 Morris.

Lilly Competiello had a goal and an assist for the Dragons, which also got goals from Liana Darling, Hannah Sulas and Val Beardslee and two assists from Shawna Whiteman.

Schenevus (15-0, 11-0) and Franklin (12-1-2, 9-1-1) will play the title game at 3 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 13, at Wright National Soccer Campus in Oneonta. The Dragons won at Franklin, 7-4, Friday, Oct. 1, in a league match.

More sports below.

Coop boys clinch division title with win at Sauquoit
Cooperstown junior Colby Diamond looks to shoot during the Hawkeyes 3-1 win at Sauquoit Valley on Tuesday, Oct. 12. (Greg Klein/

Coop boys clinch division title
with win at Sauquoit

STAFF REPORT • Special to

SAUQUOIT VALLEY — Liam Spencer, Colby Diamond and Aidan Spencer scored goals as Cooperstown clinched the Center State Conference Division III title with a 3-1 win over SV on Tuesday, Oct. 12.

“We are not done. We are still playing for a better seed,” Cooperstown Coach Frank Miosek told his players after the game. “This is not the end. This is just one more goal you have accomplished.”

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