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Oneonta Merchant Tells Story Of Local Business

Oneonta Merchant Tells

Story Of Local Business

By LIBBY CUDMORE • Special To AllOTSEGO.com

Oneonta’s Jill Morgan-Meek, Transitions Boutique owner, is taking care of other businesses from her home studio.

ONEONTA – Though she calls it “Small Talk With Jill,” it could become anything but little.

“I know a lot of incredible businesses, and I asked myself, ‘What can I do to help them?’” said Jill Morgan-Meek, owner of Transitions Consignment Boutique, 6 Dietz St.

Morgan-Meek, who took over the store from Cindy Staffin in 2014, has launched “Small Talk With Jill,” a weekly video series that highlights local business and cultural entities by inviting the owners to sit down with her – over Zoom, for now – and tell customers and potential customers what they have to offer.

“It’s been in the back of my mind for several years,” she said. “I want people to meet our shop owners.”

A native of Alden, Morgan-Meek moved to Oneonta from Rochester in 2013, when her husband Phillip took a job at Ioxus.

So far, she’s interviewed Underground Attic’s Elizabeth Raphaelson, Eighth Note’s Ruth and Fred Cleveland, the Scanlon Team, part of Oneonta Realty, and the Artisan’s Guild’s Deborah Blake.

Jill, who’s related to the Peet family, early Oneonta settlers, has gone beyond stores to cultural and religious institutions, including the Greater Oneonta Historical Society and the Milford United Methodist Church.

“In talking with Pastor Sylvia, I asked her for one word that inspires her, and she said ‘resilience,’” Morgan-Meek said. “I was so struck by that. Because resilience is more than hope. It says that we will get through this.”

“Small Talk” was inspired by “Follow Me Friday,” based in New York City and posted on talkradio.nyc. It’s hosted by social media personalities Joan Pelzer and Priya Nembhard, who highlight their favorite small businesses across the city and frequently invite Morgan-Meek as a guest. (In a recent show, she touted The Otesaga and other of her favorite dining spots.)

“It was allowing me to have this great platform to tell people in New York City about everything we have up here,” Jill said. “I thought, with so many people in the city who have second homes up here, I could be that ambassador for all our businesses.”

And with the loss college students and the prospective loss of much of this summer’s tourism, Morgan-Meek sees “Small Talk With Jill” as a way to attract business to stores’ online portals, or to bookmark a visit for when the city re-opens.

“People learn about us through tourism,” she said. “But now if they can’t come, we need another way to reach out and let people know that we are here and we are open for business.”

Because of social distancing, she conducts and edits the interviews from a home studio and releases them every on YouTube. “That way, the business can link to it from their page,” she said.

The show is also promoted through her Instagram and SupportOneonta.com

The temporary closure of her Dietz Street storefront has also given her a chance to improve her own online store. “I didn’t focus on it as much as I should have,” she said.

One of the items she recently put in her online shop is a pair of high-couture floral Daniel Storto gloves, made by the founder of The Glove Museum in Dorloo. “Maybe gloves will finally come back in fashion!”

HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO: Baseball Cards In Pop Culture 06-03-20
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for  WEDNESDAY, JUNE 3

Baseball Cards In Pop Culture

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FIELD TRIP – 1 p.m. Learn about history of pop culture through study of baseball cards, application of baseball terminology to everyday life. Learn about the effect of the Civil War on the growth of the game, tobacco and gum cards, more with the Baseball Hall of Fame. Registration required. Visit baseballhall.org/events/encore-virtual-field-trip-pop-culture-through-baseball-cards?date=0 for info.

Fenimore, Farmers’ Museums Delay 4/1 Opening

Fenimore, Farmers’

Delay 4/1 Opening

COOPERSTOWN – The Fenimore Art Museum and The Farmers’ Museum will not open April 1, according to Todd Kenyon, director of marketing for the museums.

At the Fenimore, the exhibits “The World of Jan Brett,” “Blue Gardens: Photographs by Gross and Daley,” “Prismatic Beauty: American People and American Art,” “Elegant Line/Powerful Shape: Elements of Native American Art,” and “Hamilton’s Final Act: Enemies and Allies” were scheduled to open the 2020 season, but both museums will remain closed, with all scheduled activities cancelled, until further notice.

Hall of Fame launches YouTube series of historic moments

Hall of Fame launches YouTube
series of historic moments

The history of the national pastime stretches across multiple centuries. But the connections that link baseball’s early days to today’s game are always evident in Cooperstown.

Through its new YouTube series, the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum is sharing those connections with viewers at home, according to a media release.

The Hall of Fame is debuting a YouTube series, “Hall of Fame Connections,” produced by MLB Network and made possible by a grant from I LOVE NY/New York State’s Division of Tourism.

The series looks at the Hall of Fame’s collection from a new and exciting angle, with each episode telling a different story of how two seemingly unrelated artifacts in the museum’s vast collection connect to each other, crossing through generations of baseball history.

Merchants Seek Niche: From Videos To Takeout

CORONAVIRUS EDITION

Merchants Seek Niche:

From Videos To Takeout

Nate Roberts, Serenity Hobbies, Oneonta, is taking tabletop gaming online during the quarantine, but if you need a board game that isn’t virtual, he’ll deliver it to your house personally. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)

By LIBBY CUDMORE • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com

Mike Joubert of WiseGuys Sammy’s, is offering a meal deal to help cooped-up families enjoy a meal out while

ONEONTA – For Serenity Hobbies’ proprietor Nate Roberts, the game must go on.

“We have weekly games that people still want to play,” he said. “But we have an account with Roll20, which is software that creates a virtual tabletop and has a voice chat.”

It’s free for players, who will be invited by their Dungeon Masters to join as each game is set up. “We’re taking our weekly “Magic: The Gathering” tournament online too,” said Roberts. “People can play from home. We didn’t want to cancel it.”

As Coronavirus cases begin to mount in Upstate New York – although one has yet to surface in Otsego County – Oneonta’s downtown is preparing as best they can to weather the storm.

“Everyone was in on Friday, stocking up on books,” said Martha Bremer, Green Toad Books. “Kids are out of school, but they still want to read.”

MACHOLZ: Protect Over-60 Members Who Are At Highest Risk

TENDING THEIR FLOCKS

Protect Over-60 Members

Who Are At Highest Risk

By JOHN A. MACHOLZ • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com

In Luke, Jesus calls his followers to be as innocent as doves and as wise as serpents. It is now time for us to be wise as we follow the One who brings hope and healing to our lives and world.

The Most Rev. John A. Macholz is the Lutheran bishop of Upstate New York.

I am announcing the cessation of “in person” worship in this synod beginning March 15 and continuing for at least three weeks through Tuesday, March 31. At that point in time, we will reassess and make additional recommendations if needed.

I recognize that I do not have the authority of Scripture or constitution to do this but I do believe that we have the imperative of both to act responsibly for the well-being of the Church. The rapid spread of COVID-19 requires that we act. Some may see these measures as drastic. I consider them prudent.

Many of our members at the Sunday liturgy are age 60 and older. People in this age group have been designated as persons at higher risk, as well as those who are vulnerable for health reasons. It is our responsibility to care for them and for all our members in every possible way. This is one of those ways.

Continuing to gather only gives the virus increased opportunity to grow and spread. We have the ability to slow this spread. This is, in my pastoral opinion, the time act.

I am in continuing contact with the Churchwide office in Chicago and the Governor’s office in the state of New York. We will continue to seek their advice and counsel in this regard.

In the meantime, remember this: we are not closing down congregations. We are seeking new ways to be in ministry with one another. We are working on resources for use at home, some have already been posted to the synod website and on Facebook. The synod website will be continually updated and include information on COVID-19 as it becomes available. In addition, making use of Facebook and Instagram Live can provide an opportunity for continuing contact for some. A simple phone call on a regular basis to those most isolated will be an important ministerial tool and a welcome gift. To paraphrase Presiding Bishop Eaton’s words, “we are practicing physical distancing, not social distancing.”

I am deeply grateful for technology that allows us to work remotely, which many of us will do moving forward. It adds another level of distancing ourselves from the source.

Please also note that during these times Church Staff (Administrative Support Staff, Sexton, Musicians and the Pastor’s) will continue to work in connecting with their faith communities and the local authorities to remain current with realities and progress, as well as planning for the future. It is important; therefore, that we continue to pay salaries and provide insurance for staff members. It is also good stewardship that we find alternative ways to give our regular offering to the church. There will be an article on the web site that may prove useful for you.

As we move forward as the Church Together please know that I will continue to hold you and our shared ministry in prayer and in hope. We shall weather this storm and come out on the other side stronger, more compassionate, more knowledgeable and more resilient about ministry in these trying times. This will be an opportunity for us to grow and discover. May it be so among us.

ONEONTA’S NINJA: Anthony Eardley Aims To Grip, Climb, Swing Into National Stardom

ONEONTA’S NINJA

Anthony Eardley Aims

To Grip, Climb, Swing

Into National Stardom

Keep your eyes open as you drive past Oneonta’s 1 Tilton Ave. in the next few days. Anthony Eardley is doing his final training to compete in the TV show, “American Ninja Warriors.” Filming starts Monday. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)

Editor’s Note: “Oneonta’s Ninja” Anthony Eardley today – Monday, April 29 – began competition that could win him the title “American Ninja Warrior” on the hit TV shows.  How the competition goes is a closely held secret until the show airs at the end of the month.

By JENNIFER HILL • from Hometown Oneonta & The Freeman’s Journal

Eardley built a series of exercise bars and obstacles in his parents backyard to prepare for the competition ahead.

ONEONTA – Since infancy, Anthony Eardley hasn’t let the laws of nature get in his way.

Most people avoid being on something high off the ground or being suspended in midair. Eardley runs toward it – and then climbs, grips, swings and flips over it, front-, side- and backwards.

That lack of fear, plus all-around athletic abilities, plus a drive to overcome obstacles – physical and mental – propelled the 28-year-old Oneonta native to win a spot on NBC’s hit TV show, “American Ninja Warrior,” less than two years since entering his first ninja warrior competition on a whim.

The show will begin airing its 11th season on May 28 at 8 p.m.

“I watched ‘American Ninja Warriors’ for several years.  And over time, in the back of mind, I kept hearing, ‘I could do this, that wall doesn’t look that high’,” Eardley said.  “Everyone else says, ‘That looks dangerous, I’m not going to try that.’”

ONEONTA’S NINJA: Anthony Eardley AimsTo Grip, Climb, SwingInto National Stardom

ONEONTA’S NINJA

Anthony Eardley Aims

To Grip, Climb, Swing

Into National Stardom

Keep your eyes open as you drive past Oneonta’s 1 Tilton Ave. in the next few days. Anthony Eardley is doing his final training to compete in the TV show, “American Ninja Warriors.” Filming starts Monday. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)

By JENNIFER HILL • Hometown Oneonta & The Freeman’s Journal

ONEONTA – Since infancy, Anthony Eardley hasn’t let the laws of nature get in his way.

Most people avoid being on something high off the ground or being suspended in midair. Eardley runs toward it – and then climbs, grips, swings and flips over it, front-, side- and backwards.

Eardley built a series of exercise bars and obstacles in his parents backyard to prepare for the competition ahead.

That lack of fear, plus all-around athletic abilities, plus a drive to overcome obstacles – physical and mental – propelled the 28-year-old Oneonta native to win a spot on NBC’s hit TV show, “American Ninja Warrior,” less than two years since entering his first ninja warrior competition on a whim.

The show will begin airing its 11th season on May 28 at 8 p.m.

“I watched ‘American Ninja Warriors’ for several years.  And over time, in the back of mind, I kept hearing, ‘I could do this, that wall doesn’t look that high’,” Eardley said.  “Everyone else says, ‘That looks dangerous, I’m not going to try that.’”

Eardley searched the Internet to find a Ninja obstacle course nearby.  The closest one was “a hardcore Ninja complex” called “Brooklyn Zoo,” an affiliate of the actual Brooklyn Zoo.  It had adult open gym on Saturdays, so he drove there one weekend in September 2017.

“It was overwhelming at first and I almost hurt myself that first day,” said Eardley, who among other accomplishments played for the Oneonta Stallions football team.

Undaunted, he found out there was a competition that day and signed up for it – his first one.  He came in third out of about 30 contestants, many of whom had “ninjaed” (that’s a real word) for years.

“I got a $40 gift card and other things, and I thought, ‘I can win prizes?’” Eardley said.

Determined to win a first place in a Ninja warrior competition, he returned to the Internet and found Ninja gyms and competitions all over the country.  And each Ninja gym had a different course.

Hall Of Fame Embraces Digital Era, Idelson Says

Hall Of Fame Embraces

Digital Era, Idelson Says

The Baseball Hall of Fame, though digital outreach, is embracing the new reality of an online world, President Jeff Idelson tells a rapt audience at this afternoon's Friends of the Library's Sunday Series at Cooperstown Village Hall. It's been 25 years since James Earl Jones famously said in "Field of Dreams," "If you build it, they will come," said Idelson. The new reality is, "You have to build it now and take it to people," he said. That the Hall is succeeding is evident in 44 percent increase in Facebook traffic last year, 25 percent increase in Twitter and 81 percent hike in Instagram. (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)
The Baseball Hall of Fame, though digital outreach, is embracing the new reality of an online world, President Jeff Idelson tells a rapt audience at this afternoon’s Friends of the Library’s Sunday Series at Cooperstown Village Hall. It’s been 25 years since James Earl Jones famously said in “Field of Dreams,” “If you build it, they will come,” said Idelson. The new reality is, “You have to build it now and take it to people,” he said. That the Hall is succeeding is evident in a 25 percent increase in Twitter and 81 percent hike in Instagram.  He also discussed CFA grants received in the past few years that are helping digitize the collection at 25 Main.  (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)
Lou Presutti II

IN MEMORIAM

Lou Presutti II

Cooperstown Dreams Park Founder

This portrait of Lou Presutti accompanied a piece on ESPN.com in 2013.
This portrait of Lou Presutti accompanied a piece on ESPN.com in 2013.

COOPERSTOWN – Word is circulating that Lou Presutti II, 75, who founded Cooperstown Dreams Park 20 years ago and changed the economy of northern Otsego County, has passed away.

Matt Hazzard, executive director of the Cooperstown Chamber of Commerce, posted this tribute on Facebook:

“Hard to hear of the death of Cooperstown Dreams Park owner Lou Presutti. Umpired there for a couple years and he treated me very well. A strong supporter of the Cooperstown Chamber, his vision has left a lasting impression on Cooperstown and our region. RIP ‪#‎wearecooperstown

On Twitter, and Bryce Harper, a Dreams Park graduate who is now playing for the Washington Nationals, has posed a tribute on Instagram.

Tapestry Coloring Contest Gives Families Activity, Artwork

Tapestry Coloring Contest

Gives Families Activity, Art

Lindsey Millea shows one of the more elaborate black-and-white tapestries that Fashion in Action is selling for their coloring contest. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)

By LIBBY CUDMORE • Special To AllOTSEGO.com

ONEONTA – Coloring contests, Lindsey Millea believes, are not just for adults.

“Before quarantine, we were going to have a ‘Color and Sip’ event in the store,” she said. “People could get one of our black and white tapestries and color them in. When everyone had to go into quarantine, we thought, why not offer it as a coloring contest?”

The contest, offered by the Fashion in Action store in Oneonta, has extended the contest until the end of May. The hand-printed, fair-trade tapestries are $18, with free local delivery if you contact Millea through the store’s Facebook page.

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