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All-Star Village

Under ‘Patton Plan,’ All-Star Village Hopes To Declare ‘Play Ball’

…ALL-STAR HOPES

Under ‘Patton Plan,’

All-Star Village Hopes

To Declare ‘Play Ball’

A highpoint of All-Star Village history was the appearance of Little League pitching phenom Mon’e Davis in 2014, a few days after she became the first pitcher to lead a team to the Little League World Series victory in Williamsport, Pa. (All-Star Village photo)

To our Cooperstown All Star family of players, coaches, umpires, guests and employees

The health and safety of Cooperstown All Star Village players, coaches, umpires, guests and employees is our highest priority. As we continue to actively monitor developments related to coronavirus (COVID-19) we want to assure you that Cooperstown All Star Village is taking all necessary health and safety precautions in accordance with the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) and New York State health officials for our players, coaches, umpires, guests and employees.

In an effort to carry on the Cooperstown experience that our players, coaches and umpires have planned for and fund-raised for several years. We have made a decision regarding the 2020 tournament (assuming that our Nation is going through this self imposed quarantine) four weeks in advance of each week. Starting the first week in May (leaving family’s, players, coaches and umpires a full month before the first week tournament begins), we will let everyone know via our website, Facebook and emails to coaches whether we will open or cancel that week, obviously if we are open the first week the other weeks will be open as well. Our goal is to give our players the Cooperstown experience they have planned for and fund raised for.

For those of you wondering how we will handle your refund, should we cancel a week or the entire season we will give you two options, All teams will receive a 100% refund or the option of future participation. This policy remains the same for our on site hotel guests. As stated we will not be making that decision until the first week in May in an effort to give our players the chance to participate in what they have worked so hard for.

The most important thing we can do as Americans is remain calm, follow the rules set forth by your state and our federal government and remember we are all in this together. We will come through this!

Our community is ready to welcome all of our baseball families with open arms. God bless you all and God bless America and the World.

Praying for us all,

MARTIN PATTON

All-Star Village owner

On WAMC’s ‘Morning Headlines’, Editor Says Baseball Families Buying Local Homes

On WAMC’s ‘Morning Headlines’, Editor

Says Baseball Families Buying Local Homes

P.J. Mellana of La Habra, Calif, takes a selfie of wife Kari and kids Cooper, 7, P.J., 14, and Reagan, 11 at the Milford home they bought last fall.

On this week’s “Morning Headlines” on WAMC/Northeast Public Radio, Jim Kevlin, editor/ publisher of www.AllOTSEGO.com (and Hometown Oneonta & the Freeman’s Journal), reports Dreams Park and Cooperstown All-Star Village families are falling in love with Otsego County and buying homes they plan to rent, pay off and move here on their retirements.  The Mellanas of La Habra, Calif, are a case in point.

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Visiting California Couple With Son At B-Ball Camp Buys A Retirement Home

Realtors: It’s Becoming More Common

Visiting California Couple

With Son At B-Ball Camp

Buys A Retirement Home

P.J. Mellana of La Habra, Calif, takes a selfie with, from left, wife Kari and kids Cooper, 7, P.J., 14, and Reagan, 11 at the couple’s anticipated retirement home.  The younger P.J. was playing at Cooperstown All-Star Village, and the family fell in love with the area.

By LIBBY CUDMORE • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com

COOPERSTOWN – When P.J. Mellana spent a post-graduation week in Cooperstown with his dad in 1997, he never imagined that, one day, he would own property in the land that baseball built.

“We love it here,” he said. “Last summer, my son PJ was on a traveling team, and he played at All-Star Village. We just fell in love with the area.”

So Mellana, who lives in La Habra, Calif., recently bought a three-bedroom property in Milford that he has dubbed “Dreams Farmhouse.”

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