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HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO: Presentation On Racism & Law Enforcement 02-10-21

Presentation On Racism

& Law Enforcement


COOPERSTOWN REFLECTS – 7 p.m. Library Anti-Racism series continues with presentation ‘Cooperstown Reflects on Racism and Law Enforcement.’ Will include moderated panel discussion featuring Frank Cavalieri, Cooperstown Police Chief; Richard Devlin, Otsego County Sheriff; Ellen Tillapaugh, Mayor, Village of Cooperstown; more. Free, registration required. Presented by Friends of the Village Library of Cooperstown. 607-547-8344 or visit

COVID-19 TESTING – 8 a.m. Free rapid testing for people with no symptoms of Covid-19. Appointments required. Bassett Prime Care, 1 Atwell Dr., Cooperstown. 607-547-7973 or visit

Springfield to stage ‘drive-by parade’ for Fourth of July

Springfield to stage
‘drive-by parade’
for Fourth of July

STAFF REPORT • Special to

SPRINGFIELD – The annual Fourth of July Parade in Springfield Center will not be taking place this year in the usual form, but the parade committee announced Monday, May 24, that all individuals, families and groups in the town of Springfield are invited to participate in a Fourth of July “Drive-By Parade.”

The dates for the drive-by parade are Thursday, July 1, through Monday, July 5.

Judging will take place on Saturday, July 3.

The theme for this year’s celebration is “Essential America.”

According to a media release from the parade committee: “Decorate your home, porch, yard or place of business for Independence Day. Take the opportunity to say thanks to essential workers, show us what you think is most essential about America, or just have fun!”

Parade maps will be available online and also at the Convenience Corner store at the intersection of Route 20 and state Route 80 in Springfield Center. Names and descriptions of entries will be included with the map.

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

$7.4M Grant Fuels Broadband March

$7.4M Grant Fuels
Broadband March

By JIM KEVLIN • Special to

Customer as well as CEO, Tim Johnson, with wife Vicki, enjoy Broadband at their rural Edmeston home. (Jim Kevlin/

Hickling’s Fish Farm Inc. is exactly what Otsego Electric President/CEO Tim Johnson is talking about.

In tanks inside four sizeable modern buildings on Pitts Road near here, the Hicklings are growing 65-70,000 trout yearlings annually, and another 20-30,000 pounds of 2-year-old bass, which – a delicacy in Thai and other cultures – are sold to Asian markets in Boston and other East Coast cities.

“The big money we’re spending now is in technology,” said Darren Hickling, a civil engineer who operates the business with his parents, Vincent and Linda, a nephew and one of the nephew’s high-school buddies.

With the county’s outmigration, Hickling said he can’t expand his workforce even if he wanted to: There’s no one to hire.

“It” – Broadband – “was an economic-development initiative for us,” said Johnson, who had been outside legal counsel to Otsego Electric for 25 years before becoming the top executive in 2015.

As a 501(c)(12), Otsego Electric – a cooperative founded during the Depression, owned by members to serve members – Otsego Electric is prohibited from making profits.

Editorial: Don’t bet on it

Don’t bet on it

We love Major League Baseball’s World Series, even when it’s not “our” team playing in the Fall Classic. It always is a joy to see visitors traveling to and walking around Cooperstown just for the opportunity to watch the game on television in a restaurant in The Home of Baseball.

This year’s television and radio broadcasts, though, border on the unwatchable. Not because the quality of play is any less intense or expert. Not because it’s the Houston Astros once again vying for the title — Manager Dusty Baker has single-handedly restored dignity to a franchise that just a year ago was almost shamed out of existence thanks to its bang-on-a-can, signal-stealing controversy.

It’s not even because Joe Buck sometimes rattles on a little too much about statistics that sound like some of the most arcane trivia one could ever imagine.

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HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO: Hanzolo Virtual Concert  02-20-21

Hanzolo Virtual Concert 


VIRTUAL CONCERT – 7 p.m. Dance to local alt rock band Hanzolo in the safety of your home this Cooperstown Winter Carnival. Visit for info.

COVID-19 TESTING – 8 a.m. Free rapid testing for people with no symptoms of Covid-19. Appointments required. Oneonta Health Center, 125 Main St., Oneonta. 607-433-6510 or visit

Oneonta Police Review Seeking Public Inputs


Oneonta Police Review

Seeking Public Inputs


ONEONTA – An Oneonta police reform committee is soliciting public input via an online survey and through a public meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 9 at 7 p.m., according to a City of Oneonta news release.

The anonymous survey has 23 questions related to residents’ experiences with the City of Oneonta Police Department.   Click here to participate.

DAILY BRIEFING: Governor Details ‘Contact Tracing’


Governor Details

‘Contact Tracing’

ALBANY – Governor Cuomo Wednesday announced that New York State’s contract-tracing program, headed up by former NYC mayor Mike Bloomberg, will deploy 30 “contact tracers” per 100,000 people to areas with the highest rates of infection and regions that data shows could be the first to open.

Planned in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut through the next flu season, program is expected to have 6,400 to 17,000 tracers statewide depending on the projected number of cases, working remotely using specially developed software.

It included four steps aimed at preventing COVID-19:

Adam Pierce, 45, Oneonta Native; Retired Sheriff’s Office Lieutenant


Adam Pierce, 45, Oneonta Native;

Retired Sheriff’s Office Lieutenant

Adam Pierce

ONEONTA – Adam L. Pierce, 45, a retired lieutenant in the Otsego County Sheriff’s Department, passed away on April 4, 2020, while a patient at University of Rochester Strong Memorial Hospital.   He fiercely battled his newly diagnosed liver damage, caused by non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, for three months.

Adam was born in Oneonta on July 18, 1974, and lived in Oneonta all of his life.   Adam attended Valleyview Elementary School, Oneonta Junior High School and graduated as a member of the Class of 1992 from Oneonta High School.  He fondly recalled being a member of the football team, the wrestling team and throwing shotput and discus for the Track and Field team.

Which Appliance Should We Be Afraid Of Next?


Which Appliance Should

We Be Afraid Of Next?

We have long known that, when it comes to many things, we can undoubtedly be classified as a first-class dinosaur. This is particularly true when it comes to current technology. We will admit to being able to send and receive email. We can also, to a certain extent, manage to look things up on the Internet.
However, we made the decision long ago to abandon Facebook. And we must admit that we are clueless about exactly what is what when it comes to social media. So we decided that perhaps a bit of research on the subject just might be in order.
We started with a definition of social media which read: “websites and
applications that enable users to create and share content or to
participate in social networking.” That leads us to wonder just what the websites and applications might be.

Clark, Y At Home, Yoga For The Kids And Dance Parties


Clark, Y At Home,

Yoga For The Kids

And Dance Parties

By LIBBY CUDMORE • Special to

If the weather is lousy or you just don’t feel like going outside, there are plenty of low-cost (or free!) online fitness classes, from Zumba and yoga to chair workouts and cardio, from kids to grandparents.

Libby Cudmore Headshot
Libby Cudmore is managing editor of The Freeman’s Journal, Hometown Oneonta and

The Clark Sports Center offers Pound classes, chair and at-home workouts and even a series for kids on their YouTube channel, all taught by your favorite instructors.

Zoe Curtis is offering her Fitness With Zoe Zumba and Pound classes over Zoom. Classes are by donation, RSVP on
Facebook for class invite.

Oneonta YMCA members can check out a variety of online classes, including Y 360, five-minute 12 Burst exercises and Silver Sneaker workouts for seniors. Check in with your Y membership for full access!

If your kids have been watching movies,
obsessively, give them a break from the TV with yoga themed around “Frozen” “Trolls” “Harry Potter” and more from CosmicKids.

Have a party and get fit! Plyojam is offering a 30-day free trial of all their dance-inspired workouts.

Planet Fitness is offering a daily class, taught by fitness celebrities and personal trailers, all over Facebook Live. You
don’t even need to be a member! 7 p.m.

Barry’s trainers are also offering classes twice a day over Instagram.

Louise T. James, 103; SUNY Plattsburgh Registrar Lived Here

IN MEMORIAM:  Louise T. James, 103;

SUNY Plattsburgh Registrar Lived Here

Louise James

ONEONTA – Mrs. Louise (Howard) James, 103, former SUNY Plattsburgh registrar who lived in Oneonta for three decades, passed away on Thursday, Oct. 18, 2018, at the Health Pavilion in the Masonic Care Community of New York with the ones she loved most in her heart.

Born in Stewartsville, N.J., on March 6, 1915, Louise was the daughter of the late Perry E. and Edith N. (Thwaites) Howard. She had lived until this year in Acacia Village in Utica, moving there in 1996. Prior to that, she lived in Oneonta for 31 years and before that was a longtime resident of Plattsburgh.

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