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News of Otsego County

10-27-22

Eagle Returning to Brookwood

Eagle Returning to Brookwood

This female Bald Eagle was discovered in distress without visible injuries back in August, 2022, and rescued by Sergeant Mike Stalter.

For several years now, visitors to the Brookwood Point Conservation Area have enjoyed watching the nesting pair of bald eagles that have settled in the area. Many people have admired the protected birds as they soar over Otsego Lake or watch for prey from a nearby tree.

Early one morning in August, Otsego Land Trust staff discovered the female bald eagle splayed on the ground, but with no visible injuries. Sergeant Mike Stalter of the Otsego County Sheriff’s Office, who is also a general falconer, helped to gently secure the eagle.

Oneonta Boys and Girls Club Marks New Chapter, New Leadership

Oneonta Boys and Girls Club
Marks New Chapter, New Leadership

By Ian Kenyon
Bob Escher (inset) is the new executive director of the Oneonta Boys and Girls Club. Escher’s affilIation with the organization began back in 1970, when he became a member at age 8. (Photo provided)

In November 1970, an 8-year-old Robert Escher dropped by the Oneonta Boys Club and became a member. Fifty-two years later he has stepped back through the door of the now Oneonta Boys and Girls Club—as the new Executive Director. Earlier this month, the Oneonta Boys and Girls Club announced Escher would lead the organization, now in its 75th year of operation. Growing up in Oneonta, the club remains at the center of Escher’s childhood memories:
“My brother Steve and I, along with the Central Ave. boys, were at the club every night after supper and on Saturdays.

You name it, we did it—from every sport imaginable along with the wood shop, fitness activities, game room and who could ever forget the snack bar?”

Ready for Trick or Treating!

Ready for Trick or Treating!

The Railroad Inn on Railroad Avenue in Cooperstown has gone all out for Halloween… This skeleton is over 12 feet tall, and baby skeletons scale the entrance to the inn. (Tara Barnwell/AllOtsego.com)

MAHER: Miller Will Be Fierce Advocate for 121st
Letter from Brian Maher

Miller Will Be Fierce
Advocate for 121st

As Supervisor of the Town of Montgomery I can say firsthand that I have been proud to call Brian Miller my New York State Assembly representative. While I know many of the folks reading this letter may be voting for Brian Miller for the first time, rest assured he will represent you well. He works hard, he listens and he has been a fierce advocate for issues that have been very important for the residents I represent. The 101st district is one of the longest in the State of New York. It is a two- to three-hour drive to many parts of the district. Brian Miller did his very best to make sure all of us felt represented even with this geographical challenge. I look forward to continuing to work with Assemblyman Miller and I know that he will continue to work diligently to improve the quality of life in any community he represents.

Brian Maher
Supervisor,
Town of Montgomery,
Orange County

RENCKENS: Is ‘Perfect Village’ Pricing Out Seniors?
Letter from Jim & Polly Renckens

Is ‘Perfect Village’
Pricing Out Seniors?

Now getting into our ninth decade of life, we find there are concerns that weren’t there in our eighth decade.

The latest concern is downsizing. Even though we older folks want to stay in our present home forever, the reality is that the constant upkeep, inside and out, becomes very difficult. So now is the time, and many others feel this way too, to move forward to the next stage of our lives. Now is the time to sell the house and move to a first floor, handicapped accessible two-bedroom in Cooperstown. BUT—now the problem! These apartments are like finding “hens’ teeth” (as my Dad used to say). We don’t want to put our home on the market, and have no place to live.

Natural Burial Gaining Countywide Interest

Natural Burial Gaining
Countywide Interest

By Darla M. Youngs

During my father’s last hospital stay, as he was being treated for lung cancer that had spread to the brain, an attending physician asked him, “What’s your life’s plan?” The doctor wanted to talk about brain surgery, and Dad was having none of it. “What’s my life’s plan?” he replied. “Pushing up daisies, that’s my life’s plan.”

This was in the spring of 2006, and my father died shortly after. Since then, though, “pushing up daisies” has become a real option for those making end-of-life plans. The National Funeral Directors Association reported last year that 55.7 percent of people surveyed in an NFDA Consumer Awareness and Preferences Report would be interested in green funeral options because of their potential environmental benefits, cost savings or other reasons.

Invention by Cooperstown Resident Getting Interest from Military

Invention by Cooperstown Resident
Getting Interest from Military

By Caspar Ewig
Northrup (right) with Luis Velazquez, CTO Marines, and Vince Pope, Master Gunnery Sergeant. (Photo provided)

Ghosts, especially at this time of the year, are meant to scare one to death. But ghosts can also be used to save a soldier’s life. And it is upon that idea that Cooperstown’s James (or “Chip,” as he likes to be called) Northrup filed a patent seven years ago that underlies the function of a training system designed to enhance a soldier’s ability to zero in on a moving target. The concept is obvious: If you are going to shoot at something, you better aim at where a target will be, not where it’s been. Even a bullet that travels faster than the eye can follow must take some time between the instant it leaves the barrel of the gun and the time it hits its target. And a moving target (or an enemy combatant) is not going to conveniently stand still in that interim.

While the concept may be disarmingly simple, creating a training system that will teach and perfect a soldier’s ability to put that concept into practice is not. That is where the brainstorm of the inventor takes over. The premise is to create a virtual reality that allows one to see the lead point at which one must aim in order to hit the target. Hence the ghost:

Editorial BOO!
Editorial

BOO!

In 1959 Louis C. Jones, a celebrated folklorist who was at the time director of the New York State Historical Association in Cooperstown, published “Things That Go Bump in the Night,” a compendium of stories about ghosts who roamed New York State and beyond. “It is a great privilege to live in a town which the dead have not deserted,” he writes. “Walk the streets of Cooperstown…on a moonlight night and [you will see] a village where the enchantment of death is a warm and friendly quality.”

River Street is a pretty good start. At its juncture with Main, under a giant pine tree, stands Pomeroy Place, where Ann Cooper Pomeroy came back long after her death in 1870. Just up the hill is Greencrest, where the portrait of Jane Storrs Cooper Worthington (1843-1863) has once again been removed from the main staircase. While its occasional removal in the past has scared up a great deal of physical commotion in the house, now at last the house is quiet.

Political Candidates Speak Out: Backgrounds, Goals Explained – 21st district Representative

Political Candidates Speak Out:
Backgrounds, Goals Explained

Publisher’s Note: We sent out an e-mail asking the candidates for the major political races in November to share information about themselves, so our readers can get to know them a little better. We asked them:
A. Please tell us about yourself.
B. If you were elected to office, what are your top priorities and why?
We will run these answers over the next few weeks, in hopes this will help in your decision-making process on Tuesday, November 8. Please get out and vote!

Meet the Candidates for
Representative in Congress, 21st District

Bound Volumes: 10-27-22

Bound Volumes

October 27, 2022

182 YEARS AGO
When the polls are open, vote yourself and then look out for the rest. Be at hand all day, and if there be a democrat missing start out after him. Possibly he may be backward with his seeding and unable to lose the time required to go to the place of voting. Send him along and work for him yourself. Do anything that is fair and honorable to get out the voters. Bear it in mind that the Democrats never have lost the contest when they all turned out to the election. Don’t forget this! Some men station themselves at the ballot box, on the day of the election, to brow beat and overawe poor men, who may happen to be in debt to them. Democrats! Will you suffer this thing to be done? No, you must never tamely bend to the tyrant oppressor’s yoke! You must be permitted to vote as precisely as you wish. Stand at the polls until the ballot box is closed, and see that the infirm Democrats are not kept away from voting by the crowd. Men are employed in some places to block up the polls and keep the Democrats away. Watch well that the way is kept clear.

October 26, 1840

Hawaiian Mission House Group Tours Village

Hawaiian Mission House
Group Tours Village

Merrilyn O’Connell leads visitors in a tour of Lakewood Cemetery. (Photo by Milo Stewart)

Members of the Hawaiian Mission Houses Historic Site and Archives visited Cooperstown on October 21 as part of the commemoration of the Second Company Bicentennial in New Haven, CT, and Princeton Theological Seminary in Princeton, NJ.

Fourteen members of a Second Company of missionaries from the American Board of Commissioners for Foreign Missions left from New Haven in November 1822 on a whaling ship and arrived in Honolulu and the Sandwich Islands—now known as the Hawaiian Islands—in April 1823. They were accompanied by four men from the mission school at Cornwall, CT. Included in the group were the Rev. and Mrs. Charles Stewart, early residents of Cooperstown, and Betsey Stockton of Princeton.

In Cooperstown, the mission group visited Lakewood Cemetery, where the Stewarts and Betsy Stockton are buried, and the Fenimore Library, where the Stewart papers are preserved. The visit included a walking tour of the early 19th-century neighborhood in the village that would have been familiar to the Rev. Stewart and his family when they lived here. He retired in 1862 after a distinguished career as a missionary and military chaplain and returned to Cooperstown, where he died in 1870.

Winds Concert ‘a Musical Triumph’

Winds Concert ‘a Musical Triumph’

by Karolina Hopper

The recent performances by the Fenimore Chamber Orchestra on October 8 at Christ Church in Cooperstown featured the winds section of the orchestra and revealed some rarely heard and as well as some well-known works.

This balance between the rare and well-known seems already an established norm for this very stylish orchestra.
The beginning of the concert brought two complete rarities. The Italian opera composer Gaetano Donizetti, far better known for his late 37 operas than any of his orchestral pieces, composed his “Sinfonia for Winds” when he was only 17 years old and a student in Bologna.

Community Gathers to Show Support for One of Its Own

Community Gathers to Show
Support for One of Its Own

A group of Tom Steele’s friends visited him recently during his convalescence. Steele is a Charter Member of the Red Knights International
Firefighter Motorcycle Club, New York Chapter 44, Otsego County. (Photo by Ken Gracey)

“Tommy’s like part of our family. We inherited him with the campground over 30 years ago. He’s been cutting grass and splitting wood for us ever since,” said Juli Sharratt. Juli and husband, Dwaine, own Beaver Valley Campground, where a benefit for Hartwick resident Tom Steele was held on Saturday, October 8.

In late August, Steele was in a severe motorcycle accident and had to be airlifted to Albany Medical Center; he is now recuperating at a facility in Little Falls. It was the Sharratts’ daughter, Jamie Dobrovolc, who came up with the idea for the benefit.

FASNY: Practice Escape Routes Now to Save Lives Later

FASNY: Practice Escape
Routes Now to Save Lives Later

If your fire alarm were to go off right now, would you know what to do or where to go? What if you were stuck in the dark? What about your family and roommates? In the event of a house fire, you may have as little as two minutes to safely escape before smoke eclipses your vision. It is critical to practice escape routes ahead of time, so you will know what to do in an emergency, rather than allowing the panic of the situation to become the difference between life and death.

In support of Fire Prevention Month and Fire Prevention Week, which was October 9-15, The Firefighters Association of the State of New York urges New Yorkers to develop and rehearse an escape strategy to stay prepared in the event of an emergency. Knowing your exits is especially important if a family is renting or visiting a home they may be unfamiliar with.

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