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2021 Otsego County Yearbook

Looking Back on 2021

We are pleased to present our 2021 Otsego County Yearbook for you to enjoy. We’ve handpicked 52 pictures, one from every week of the year, each in their own way show life in Otsego County in Upstate New York.  These pictures are a nice cross-section of life in our county and our communities, week by week.

We hope you enjoy our year-end review.  We look forward to continuing to be your local  newspapers in 2022 and beyond!


News from the Noteworthy: Consider the option: Dry January

News from the Noteworthy:
Consider the option:
Dry January

Let’s be honest: 2021 was not a year that most of us will look back on with a wistful sigh of nostalgia. I’ve heard words like stressful, overwhelming, awful, endless, depressing, and devastating. And, if the Facebook newsfeed is any indicator, many of us have turned to an extra glass of wine or bottle of beer to calm our frayed nerves.

“Dry January” offers an option to hit the reset button on our health or even on habits that might have snuck up on us. This annual observance has risen in popularity since its start in Great Britain about eight years ago.

This year, approximately 15 percent of the United States population will choose to not consume any alcoholic beverages for the entire month. That’s on top of the nearly one-third who already are teetotalers for one reason or another. I realize that we are already a couple of days into January, but it’s not too late to get started.

Greetings, Friends (with apologies to The New Yorker)

Greetings, Friends (with apologies to The New Yorker)

Greetings, Friends! The time is nigh
To bid this Covid Year good-bye.
We’ve had enough, we’ve played our parts
Stayed home alone filling Amazon carts.
And cleaning our closets and working online
Making do with our WiFi that’s not always fine.

We’ve said goodbye to some friends, to some relatives too
Our families we’ve not seen, travel’s been so taboo.
Goodbye ’21, au revoir, off you go 
Adios and kwaheri, arrivederci, adjo. 
Go away ’21! But wait! Not before
TFJ has its way with some thank-yous galore.

Bound Volumes December 16, 2021

Bound Volumes

From Washington – the report of the Committee of Foreign Relations, so anxiously looked for, was this day presented to the House. The Committee reports six resolutions: 1. That our present military establishment be completed. 2. That 10,000 additional troops be immediately raised. 3. That the militia be organized to be ready for service. 4. That the President be authorized to accept the service of 50,000 volunteers. 5. That the national vessels out of repair, worthy of repair, be repaired and put in commissions. 6. That merchant vessels be permitted to arm for their defence.
December 14, 1811

The Ladies’ Society of Christ Church intend meeting on Thursday, December 22, at the Otsego Mansion where they will offer for sale a number of fancy articles — suitable mementoes for the coming year. A substantial supper will be provided, with lighter refreshments of various descriptions. Doors open at 6 o’clock. Tickets to be procured at all the Stores. Admittance, 12 and one-half cents; Children half price.
December 19, 1836

Buildings have been erected on the corporation of Cooperstown during the present year at an aggregate cost of about $54,000. These include five stores and one dwelling on Main Street, five dwellings on Nelson Avenue, four small dwellings on Delaware Street, and five on other streets. On the Central Hotel and other repairs about $10,000 more have been expended. At present, we hear of but two or three dwellings likely to be put up next spring, though it is probable more will be built. There is but one unoccupied dwelling on the corporation.
December 18, 1886

COVID update December 6, 2021

COVID update
December 6, 2021

There are 32 new COVID cases reported today, according to the Otsego County Department of Health.

In total, there are 333 active cases in Otsego County with 10 hospitalizations and no new deaths reported.

COVID update: November 29, 2021

COVID update
November 29, 2021

COVID numbers for Otsego County on Monday spiked with three deaths, six hospitalizations, and 31 new cases, according to the Otsego County Department of Health.

There is cause for concern with the Omicron variant causing New York Governor Kathy Hochul to declare a state of emergency on November 26, the day after Thanksgiving.

Oneonta Mayor Gary Herzig said he has not discussed a mask mandate with the Common Council at this time. “We’re all waiting to find out what it really means,” he said.

Oneonta distributed signs for downtown businesses asking customers to wear masks, Mayor Herzig said.

Photos: Veteran’s Day Parade in Cooperstown

Photos: Veteran’s Day Parade in Cooperstown

From right to left, Richard Balcom, Army, David Sanford, Army, Jeff Houghton, Airforce, Brig Seaver, Navy, and Floyd Bourne, Marines, march during Veteran’s Day Parade in Cooperstown which left post office at 11 a.m. (Kevin Limiti/
Brig Seaver holds the American flag during Veteran’s Day ceremony. (Kevin Limiti/
Before they got to the World Series, they played at Dreams Park
From Facebook

Before they got to the World Series, they played at Dreams Park


For almost three decades, youth baseball players from all over the country have been chasing their big-league dreams all the way to Cooperstown’s Dreams Park, and this year’s 2021 Major League World Series represents the physical manifestation of those dreams coming true.

More than 500 Dreams Park alumni have made it to the big leagues and seven of them are members of this year’s Houston Astros and Atlanta Braves World Series combatants.

Parade Packs Main Street Cooperstown

Halloween Parade Packs
Main Street Cooperstown

Members of the Cooperstown High School Band marched down Main Street at the front of this years parade, performing a rendition of the ‘Jaws’ Theme. Front is Band Director Kerri Hogle followed by Margaret Kaffo, Saxophone, Cate Bohler, Trumpet, Ava Lesko, Trumpet, Lily Shanker, Trombone, Elizabeth Hughes, Trombone, Tara Phillips, Saxophone, Oliver Wasson, Trumpet, Finn Morgan, Bass, Chris Savoie, Snare Drum, and Henry LeCates on the Tuba.

Trick or Treating was already underway on Main Street Cooperstown when the Halloween Parade kicked off at 5 p.m. Lead by a police car the first down the street were members of the Cooperstown High School Band performing a rendition of horror classic ‘Jaws’ theme, their first performance since winter 2019. Following them was an absolute hoard of children and parents which filled the street with everything from Princesses and goblins to post office boxes and garden soil.

A look at key local contests

A look at key local contests

By KEVIN LIMITI • Special to

Oneonta Mayor

The months-long race to replace longtime Oneonta mayor Gary Herzig comes to an end next week when voters choose between Common Council members Mark Drnek (D) and Len Carson (R).

The League of Women Voters hosted the candidates in a debate last week, during which Carson thanked Drnek for joining him in running a “gentleman’s campaign.”

Drnek said he feels he is in “good shape” for the election but the key is voter turnout. He said the whole process has been inspiring for him.

Bound Volumes: September 23, 2021

Bound Volumes
September 23, 2021

Domestic Difficulty — Elopement — Whereas my wife Polly has refused to live with me and behaved herself in such a manner that I do not think proper to live with her — I therefore forbid all persons harboring or trusting her on my account as I will pay no debt of her contracting after this date. John Pringle, Jun.

Absconded — From my father’s house and this country, the above-named John Pringle, Jun., with my Snuff Box and Handkerchief pin, and every small article my father gave me that he could lay his hands on. Johnny, do not fear that any person will trust me on your account, when you have twice fled your country in the night.

I was 15 years old when I married you — I hope no other young girl will be deceived by you as I have been.

Bound Volumes: September 16, 2021

Bound Volumes: September 16, 2021

Excerpts from a general address to the Farmers, Mechanics and Workingmen of Otsego County: “The time has arrived when it has become necessary for us to come forth as independent freemen, in defense of the rights and privileges for which our fathers fought and bled. Our political institutions which have resulted from the wisdom of those revered statesmen and patriots, and to establish which they nobly periled their lives and their fortunes, are based upon the only true principles of Republican government – the equal rights of every citizen. These rights, we hold, are basely violated by the enactment of unequal, unjust, and unconstitutional laws, and by the encroachments of aristocratical monopolies. These systems of nobility, possessing exclusive privileges, which are spread over every part of our country, will, if not checked, destroy our republican institutions and fasten upon us the change of servitude.”
September 19, 1836

Calendar 9-15-2021

A complete guide to what’s fun in Otsego County

Thursday, Sept. 16
RUMMAGE & BOOK SALE – From 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. At First United Methodist Church, 66 Chestnut St. in Oneonta. Call 607-432-4102 or visit
AUTHOR SERIES – At 2 p.m. Author Dan Taylor discusses his book “Lights, Camera, Fastball: How the Hollywood Stars Changed Baseball”. Free, registration for Zoom required. Presented by the Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum. For info: 607-547-7200 or
WRITERS SALON – At 7:30 p.m. CANO presents drama salon “Applause,” featuring original works and presentations. Open mic is cancelled to fit as many performers as possible. Presented through Zoom by the Community Arts Network of Oneonta. For info: 607-432-2070 or visit
Friday, Sept. 17
RUMMAGE & BOOK SALE – At 9 a.m. to noon. Bring a bag and fill it up with whatever
you find for $2. At First United Methodist Church, 66 Chestnut St., in Oneonta.
CHICKEN DINNER – From 4:30 to 6 p.m. Enjoy a take-out Brooks chicken dinner including a half chicken, coleslaw, baked potato, roll. $12/dinner. At First Baptist Church of Cooperstown, 21 Elm St. in Cooperstown. Contact with name, number, quantity to pre-order.
Saturday, Sept. 18
EXHIBIT OPENING – From 4 to 6 p.m. Enjoy the last show of the “High Alert Artists Speak Out” series featuring “Direct from Nairobi: Adam Masava.” Masava is a self-taught Kenyan artist who draws on positive inspiration from the people of his community, the notorious Mukuru slum. Showing through Nov. 13. At The Art Garage, 689 Beaver Meadow Rd. in Middlefield. For info: 607-547-5327 or
LIFESKILLS – From 4 to 6 p.m. Teens are invited to learn to cook with Lynn. Menu posted to FB. Seating limited, reservations required. Presented by The Oneonta Teen Center at 50 Dietz St. in Oneonta. For info: 607 441 3999 or visit
MOVIE NIGHT – At 7 p.m. Join the Richfield Springs Library and the community center for a showing of “Luca.” At the Richfield Springs Community Center, 6 Ann St. in Richfield Springs. For info: 315-858-0230 or Richfield Springs Public Library on Facebook.
Sunday, Sept. 19
FUNDRAISER – At 1 p.m. Golf tournament to support the Friends of the Oneonta Theater in its efforts to reopen the historic theater. 18 holes, a putting contest, silent auction, 50/50 raffle, more. Cost is $75/player. At the Oneonta Country Club, 9 Country Club Dr. in Oneonta. Call 607-432-8950 or
TRIBUTE CONCERT – At 3 p.m. Tribute to J. S. Bach featuring David Fung on piano exploring works of homage and devotion. The performance is dedicated to all those affected by the pandemic. Presented by the Friends of Music of Stamford. At the Stamford United Methodist Church, 88 Main St. in Stamford. For info: 518-918-8003 or
Monday, Sept. 20
HARVEST CELEBRATION – 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Celebrate the harvest season in 1800s style. Learn from historic interpreters and enjoy other fall activities in the historic village. Wagon rides, corn shelling/grinding, tinsmithing with the blacksmith, and more. Included with admission. The Farmers’ Museum, Cooperstown. 607-547-1450 or visit

Tuesday, Sept. 21
ART TRIP – 7 a.m. – 7:30 p.m. Join GOHS for a bus trip to the Clark Art Institute in Williamstown, Mass., and The Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art, known for vast galleries and collection of indoor and outdoor performing arts venues. $98/person. All participants must be fully vaccinated. Registration required by 9/7. Meet at Price Chopper, Oneonta parking lot. Call 607-432-1385 or visit for info.
HARVEST CELEBRATION – 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Celebrate the harvest season in 1800s style. See Monday listing.
ILLUSIONIST – 6 p.m. Leon Etienne will perform jaw-dropping illusions and magic tricks. Live at Lake Front park, Cooperstown. Visit
FIRE SEMINAR – 7 p.m. Local firefighters are invited to “The ABCs of Rescue Company Operations.” Presented by the New York State Association of Fire Chiefs. $40/non-member. Worcester Fire Department, 36 Church St., Worcester. Visit for info.
Wednesday, Sept. 22
HARVEST CELEBRATION – 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Celebrate the harvest season in 1800s style. See Monday listing.
TRAP SHOOT – 1 & 6 p.m. Bring your shotgun and shells for fun afternoon and evening trapshoot. (Weather permitting). $1/round. Please follow all firearm regulations. Crumhorn Rod & Gun Club, 574 Crumhorn Lake Rd., Maryland. 607-638-9379 or visit
Thursday, Sept. 23
HARVEST CELEBRATION – 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Celebrate the harvest season in 1800s style. See Monday listing.
WORD THURSDAY – 7 p.m. Enjoy open mic from area writers before listening to presentation by Jennifer Finkle and the ‘Random Acts of Kindness’ writers. Random Acts is a journal project started in Andes Central School to document the kindness they did for each other. Suggested donation $3. Presented by Bright Hill Press & Literary Center. 607-829-5055 or visit
Friday, Sept. 24
HARVEST CELEBRATION – 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Celebrate the harvest season in 1800s style. See Monday listing.
Saturday, Sept. 25
HIGHWAY CLEAN-UP – 8:30 – 11 a.m. Join the Otsego County Conservation Association to clean up a 2-mile section of local highway. Wear sturdy/comfortable shoes, long pants. Other equipment provided. Registration required. Meet at OCCA’s office, 207 State Hwy. 80, Cooperstown. 607-547-4488 or visit
HARVEST CELEBRATION – 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Celebrate the harvest season in 1800s style. See Monday listing.
LIFESKILLS – 4 – 6 p.m. Teens learn to cook with Lynn. See previous Saturday listing.
MOVIE NIGHT – 7 p.m. Join the Richfield Springs Library and Community Center for a showing of ‘The One and Only Ivan.’ Richfield Springs Community Center, 6 Ann St., Richfield Springs. 315-858-0230 or visit
Sunday, Sept. 26
HARVEST CELEBRATION – 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Celebrate the harvest season in 1800s style. See Monday listing.
FRANKLIN MARKET – 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Find local produce from the Franklin area and enjoy music from 11 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. Franklin Farmers Market, lawn in front of Chapel Hall, 15 Institute St., Franklin. Visit


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