News of Otsego County

HOF Roberto Alomar placed on MLB ineligible list over sexual misconduct allegation

HOF Roberto Alomar
placed on MLB ineligible list
over sexual misconduct allegation

Hall of Fame: Alomar’s status is unchanged

Roberto Alomar poses with a fan inside the Tunnicliff in 2014.

Roberto Alomar, a 2011 National Baseball Hall of Fame inductee, was put on Major League Baseball’s ineligible list based on the results of a sexual misconduct investigation stemming from a 2014 incident, the league announced Friday, April 30.

MLB commissioner Rob Manfred said in a statement Friday: “Having reviewed all of the available evidence from the now completed investigation, I have concluded that Mr. Alomar violated MLB’s policies, and that termination of his consultant contract and placement on MLB’s Ineligible List are warranted. We are grateful for the courage of the individual who came forward. MLB will continue to strive to create environments in which people feel comfortable speaking up without fear of recrimination, retaliation, or exclusion.”

Alomar put out a statement on Twitter saying he was, “disappointed, surprised and upset with today’s news. With the current social climate, I understand why Major League Baseball has taken the position they have. My hope is that this allegation can be heard in a venue that will allow me to address the accusation directly. I will continue to help kids pursue their baseball dreams.”

HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO: Discuss Wartime Photographs By Ansel Adams 05-01-21

Discuss Wartime

Photographs By Ansel Adams


EXHIBIT DISCUSSION – 2 – 3 p.m. Discuss photographs & career of Ansel Adams with his son Michael Adams. Presentation will focus on current exhibit ‘Manzanar: The Wartime Photographs of Ansel Adams’ and will be followed by Q&A session. Registration required for online meeting. Cost, $10/non-member. Presented by Fenimore Art Museum, Cooperstown. 607-547-1400 or visit

‘Master salesman’ David G. Morris, 92, died April 26, 2021

‘Master salesman’
David G. Morris, 92,
died April 26, 2021

COOPERSTOWN – David G. Morris, loving husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather, died Monday morning, April 26, 2021, at his beloved home, Evergreen, in Cooperstown following a lengthy illness. He was 92.

Born November 30, 1928, in Lena, Wisconsin, Dave was a son of Ralph and Ruth (Pelkey) Morris. It was while he was on a hayride in Ohio that he met the love of his life, Emily Moran. They were married July 4, 1953, in Hillsboro, Ohio.

Dave held various sales and management positions with Batesville Casket Company. During his career he achieved Salesman of the Year and was inducted into the Masters Club. It was while working with the Ingalls Funeral Home that Millie Ingalls encouraged Dave and his family to move to and settle in Cooperstown. At the age of 55 Dave retired from Batesville. He was one never to sit idle, so he began a career as a real estate broker with Hubbell’s Real Estate in Cooperstown. Always a people person, he really enjoyed this job, and kept working until his late 80s.

Company to bring ‘riding the rails’ experience to Otsego County

Company to bring

‘riding the rails’ experience
to Otsego

A company offering a new tourism travel experience announced Thursday, April 29, that it will be opening a Cooperstown-adjacent version of its services.

Rail Explorers, featuring custom built pedal-powered rail bikes, will begin operation in their fourth location, in the village of Milford, on Saturday, May 29. Other locations are in Phoenicia, in Las Vegas and in Rhode Island, with another new location opening in Sante Fe, New Mexico, this year.

The Rail Explorers Cooperstown Division features tours along the historic Cooperstown & Charlotte Valley Railroad which follows the Susquehanna River. Rail Explorers Cooperstown is hosted by the Cooperstown & Charlotte Valley Railroad and is based in the restored Milford Depot.

“We are excited about starting an operation in Cooperstown and becoming part of the community,” Rail Explorers CEO Mary Joy Lu said in a media release. “The Cooperstown tour offers great views the Susquehanna River and the surrounding farmland, and the 12-mile round trip will be Rail Explorers longest tour offered to date. Many of our followers can’t wait to try this tour.”

Football Dreams Coming True AT UGA For Coop’s Russell

Football dreams coming true
at UGA for Coop’s Russell

By GREG KLEIN • Special to

Cooperstown’s Jacob Russell is pictured on the sidelines for University of Georgia in 2020.

Cooperstown Central School graduate Jacob Russell said he spent the spring of 2019 on campus at Harvard University pondering his future and realizing he did not want a traditional path.

What he really wanted to do, he admited to himself, was coach football.

“I was probably the last person in the world someone from Cooperstown thought would end up a football coach,” he said Monday, April 26.

For one thing, Russell hadn’t played football since elementary school.In high school, Russell ran cross country, wrestled and played tennis. He did crew in college and has run the Boston Marathon twice. Still, despite his athleticism, he knew he did not have a good chance to play football. He topped out in the 120 pound weight class as a wrestler during his senior year at CCS in 2015.

“Evcr since second grade, I was a football fanatic,” he said. “I guess I realized I was too small to ever be a football player. It was kind of a pie-in-the-sky thing to be a coach, but if I wanted to work in football it seemed much more realistic for me to be a football coach than a football player at my size.”

Russell said he was considering his options during spring break in 2019. He was staying on campus for break and decided he should go for it if he wanted to pursue a career in football.

“I was trying to decide if I wanted to go to law school or if I wanted to get a job in finance on Wall Street, you know, sort of the more typical Harvard paths,” he said. “I decided I didn’t really want to do either of those things. What I really wanted to do was coach football.

SUNY Oneonta athletic director announces retirement

SUNY Oneonta
athletic director
announces June retirement

Tracey Ranieri

Ranieri has been at
college since 1991, A.D. since 2007


SUNY Oneonta Athletics Director Tracey Ranieri announced that she is retiring in June, according to a media release by the school Tuesday, April 27.

“Ranieri’s 30-year tenure of excellence in collegiate athletics will be one that leaves an indelible mark on the college and the impact she has had on the lives of thousands of student athletes is immeasurable.  Her passion for student athletes is inspirational,” the release said.

A Schenevus native, Ranieri worked in coaching and administration while also serving nationally in decision-making positions to affect positive change within the field of athletics.

Ranieri, 56, began her tenure at the college in 1991 as the women’s soccer coach and senior woman administrator. She took on additional duties as the assistant athletic director in 1995.

Paul Kellogg, Glimmerglass Artistic Director Emeritus, Dies at 84

Paul Kellogg,
Glimmerglass Artistic Director Emeritus,
Dies at 84

Paul Kellogg’s love of opera transformed Otsego County’s summer tourism season by making Springfield Center a destination for world-class performances, as the Glimmerglass Opera and now as The Glimmerglass Festival.

Cooperstown Paul Edward Kellogg came to Cooperstown in 1975 to write, but stayed to develop one of the premiere summer opera and music-theater festivals in the United States. He leaves as a highly respected and well-beloved member of the greater Cooperstown community. Paul Kellogg died in Cooperstown at Bassett Hospital on April 28, 2021, of natural causes. He was 84.

Kellogg was born on March 11, 1937, in Hollywood, California, into a family passionate about music. His father, Harold Kellogg, a student of Jean de Reszke and Oscar Seagle, worked at 20th Century Fox teaching voice projection and diction. His mother, Maxine, was an accomplished pianist. Kellogg, however, began his career focused on another art form, language. He and his parents moved to Texas in the late 1940s, and Kellogg received his undergraduate degree in comparative literature from the University of Texas at Austin. He continued his studies at the Sorbonne in Paris and at Columbia University. In 1967, he joined the faculty of the Allen-Stevenson School in New York City as a French teacher, and ultimately became Assistant Headmaster and Head of the Lower School.

Kellogg relocated to Cooperstown in 1975.

Census count leaves New York 89 people short

Census count leaves
New York 89 people short

New York will lose one Congressional seat and one vote in the electoral college, as a result of population shifts counted in the 2020 United States Census, according to census data released Monday, April 26.

New York’s loss will decrease its representation to 26 from 27. It is unknown at this time how or when the state will redistrict for the 2022 elections, but in 2014 state voters passed a ballot to allow redistricting to be done by a 10-member bipartisan commission.

The loss of representation comes with a horrifying statistic: if 89 more New Yorkers had responded or been counted, the state would have kept its current representation and Minnesota would have lost a representative and EC vote instead. The margin of change was the lowest in the history of the Census, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. The next smallest margin of change was in 1970 when Oregon needed 231 more people to gain a seat.

State Fair will reopen for 2021

State Fair will
reopen for 2021


Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Monday, April 26, that the New York State Fair will take place in 2021, after being canceled because of the coronavirus pandemic in 2020.

Tickets will be sold for each of the outdoor areas, so families can decide which areas they want to visit and plan their day accordingly. To ensure capacity limits and social distancing, attendance at concerts and other live performances will be limited.

The New York State Fair, which is held in Syracuse, will take place from Friday, Aug. 20 through Monday, Sept. 6.

HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO: Hartwick College Presents Visiting Writers Series 04-28-21

Hartwick College Presents

Visiting Writers Series


WRITER SERIES – 7 p.m. Hartwick college presents its visiting writers series featuring novelist C.L. Clark, who will read from her debut novel ‘The Unbroken,’ the first in her ‘magic of the lost’ trilogy. Free, registration for Zoom meeting required. Next presentation held 4/28. Presented by Hartwick College. 607-431-4921 or visit

HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO: Author Discussion At Arkell 04-27-21

Author Discussion At Arkell


AUTHOR TALK – 1 p.m. Enjoy reading and discussion with poet Moira Linehan for National Poetry Month. Her poems explore the lives of her ancestors as depicted in art, including Arkell’s own painting ‘Girl Crocheting’ by Edmund Tarbell. Free, registration required. Presented by Arkell Museum. 518-673-2314 or visit

HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO: Spring Clean Oneonta 04-25-21

Spring Clean Oneonta


SPRING CLEANING – Collect litter around the city of Oneonta to give the city a spring pick-me-up. Each full bag gets a raffle ticket for gift certificates to Latte Lounge and Nina’s Pizza. Kings Kakery will also be providing treats to those who drop of full bags (first come, first serve). Bags can be dropped at 56 Center St., Oneonta. 607-432-2941 or visit

HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO: Discuss Conservation With Audubon Society 04-24-21

Discuss Conservation

With Audubon Society


AUDUBON SOCIETY – 10 a.m. – Noon. Get your questions in Q&A session with the Delaware-Otsego Audubon society board members. Topics on everything from the society in general to birding to effects of lead ammunition. Presented as part of OCCA’s online Earth Festival. 607-547-4488 or visit

HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO: Explore The Galaxy Online 04-23-21

Explore The Galaxy Online


PLANETARIUM – 7 p.m. Explore the universe, learn whats new in the field of astronomy in fun virtual planetarium show with the SUNY staff and Nebula society students. Free, registration on Eventbrite required. Presented by the A.J. Read Science Discovery Center, SUNY Oneonta. 607-436-2011 or visit

GOHS receives major musket donation

GOHS receives
major musket donation

ONEONTA – Fred Hickein wanted to make sure his heirloom muskets stayed in good hands, so the 93-year-old Oneonta resident made a major donation to the Greater Historical Society of Oneonta on Wednesday, April 21.

Read the story behind the story in the Thursday, April 29, editions of the Freeman’s Journal and Hometown Oneonta.

Fred Hickein and his wife, Eleanor, and several of his colleagues from the Oneonta American Legion Post 259, presented GOHS with two family treasures Wednesday: an English smooth bore rifle, circa 1800, which Hickein believes was brought to the area by an ancestor of his, Solomon Yager; and a  civil war training musket owned and used by another relative, Edward Brewer.
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