News of Otsego County



Learn The Art Of
Black & White Photography

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PHOTOGRAPHY—6:30 p.m. Explore the beauty and craft of black and white photography in three sessions hosted through Zoom on March 14, 21 and 28. Presented by the Huntington Memorial Library, Oneonta. (607) 432-1980 or visit

TAX PREP—6-8 p.m. Get ready for tax season with the IRS Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program. Hartwick college accounting students certified by the IRS, with their professor, will be available to provide one-on-one assistance in preparing individual tax returns. Either in person or online. Held at the Golisago Hall, 2nd Floor, Hartwick College, Oneonta. (607) 431-4338 or visit


Teens Are Invited
For Fun Night Of Music

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CLUB NIGHT—7 p.m. Teens are invited for a fun night of live music featuring the Lily Soleil Band, Waiver, Plaid Jackets and Cole Fortier. Enjoy a safe night with friends and fun music. Free. Club Odyssey, 4 Academy Street, Oneonta. (607) 353-7143 or visit

CANCELLED – SNOMMEGANG—2-6 p.m. Enjoy this winter beer festival featuring all your favorite, and your soon-to-be-favorite, craft breweries and a live performance from the Mountain Jam Band. Tickets, $55/person. Presented by Brewery Ommegang at Muller Plaza, Oneonta. – CANCELLED

Check the weather before traveling! Visit or your preferred weather service.

In Memoriam Jeffrey Syman, 68 May 17, 1954 – February 11, 2023
In Memoriam

Jeffrey Syman, 68

May 17, 1954 – February 11, 2023

Jeffrey Syman

DAVENPORT—Jeffrey Syman passed away on February 11, 2023 at the age of 68, with his family by his side. Jeff was born May 17, 1954 in New York. He was raised in Bronxville, New York before his family moved to Connecticut in the early 1960s. He graduated from Danbury High School, where he was captain of the tennis team. He went on to study at the University of Miami until his junior year, prior to moving to ​​Schenevus, New York, in the early ‘70s.

Known to many as “the man behind the art,” Jeff founded SymanArts, where he built frames and stretchers with unique hardware to stretch the frame, along with many other styles. Two of his mentors, Richard Artschwager, and Ivan Carp, former owner of the OK Harris Gallery, encouraged Jeff to open the business.

‘A Visit from St. Nicholas’ Classic Christmas Poem Deconstructed
First Impressions column by Caspar Ewig

‘A Visit from St. Nicholas’ Classic
Christmas Poem Deconstructed

Pamela McColl explores the art and history of Clement Clark Moore’s classic Christmas poem in her new book. (Photo courtesy

COOPERSTOWN – On Tuesday, November 29, author Pamela McColl presented at Fenimore Art Museum on the insights and experiences she had gained in the 10 years it took to research and write her volume, “Twas the Night—The Art and History Behind the Classic Christmas Poem.” The lecture was particularly relevant this year, since it is the bicentennial of the poem’s first reading and since part of the imagery contained in it parallels imagery James Fenimore Cooper incorporated into his work, “The Pioneers,” published about the same time.

Fenimore Art by the Lake Winners

Fenimore Art By The Lake Winners

Paul D’Ambrosio presents the Fenimore Award for best in show to David (R.C.) Oster of Utica.

The Fenimore Art Museum hosted its 15th annual Art by the Lake juried art invitational on Saturday, August 13. Eight awards were presented including the prestigious Fenimore Award which represents “best of show”, won by artist David (R.C.) Oster, of Utica.

Art by the Lake 2022 award winners
Fenimore Award (best in show)
—David (R.C.) Oster (Utica)

This Week – 03-10-22


The Freeman’s Journal • Hometown Oneonta

March 10, 2022


Spot the local luminaries! Nearly the full cast and crew of “A Roadhouse Coup” pose after shooting the cocktail party scene at Oneonta’s Masonic Lodge. Filmmaker Lori Bailey told a Cooperstown gathering on March 8 she hopes to have the feature-length film complete in time for a September premier. See story on page 6.


Cooperstown Central enlists MMA champ, Iraq war vet in anti-bullying strategy

Inside The Paper

Rep. Delgado brings SBA head to Cooperstown for tour, talks

Richfield Springs ready to build youth sports complex

Otego geologist shares his views on an Interstate sign’s misnomer

‘Eva Coo’ feature on track for fall release

Sonny Landreth, Cindy Cashdollar set Otesaga Concert Date

Green Cow still open, but moooooves to Hartwick



Taking on Bullies


Wabbit season

Youth mental health needs in Otsego County

History Column

Bound Volumes


Editors Policy


David W. Brenner

Thomas M. Hughson


Happenin’ Otsego

Patricia Emily Mollach Cassidy World Traveler, taught photography & fashion

In Memoriam

Patricia Emily Mollach Cassidy

World Traveler, taught
photography & fashion

Patricia Emily Mollach Cassidy

COOPERSTOWN – Patricia Emily Mollach was born to Kathryn and Francis Mollach in Syracuse, New York. As a child of the sixties and seventies, she had the freedom to move and explore the city. It was here she first started her artistic explorations of place. After graduating from Nottingham High School, she obtained her Bachelor of Fine Arts from SUNY New Paltz.

Pat lived in NYC for many years working in the magazine and fashion industry. She spent several years at YM and Parents Magazine, and then at Calvin Klein as a photographic stylist. She ultimately decided to pursue photography and moved to New Orleans where she earned her Master of Fine Arts degree from Louisiana State University. She enjoyed a rich life of friends, music, art, and the spirit of Mardi Gras. She renovated and lived in a double shotgun house in New Orleans and adopted her beloved Catahoula hound, Gil. She taught photography at LSU until Hurricane Katrina. Pat returned to NYC where she continued to pursue photography through teaching as an Instructor at Parsons School of Design-The New School.

Art in the garage: Middlefield gallery owner showcases contemporary art from local, international artists in her garage

The Art Garage owner Sydney Waller speaks about the art of Tom Nussbaum on Monday, Sept. 20. (Greg Klein/

Art in the garage
Middlefield gallery owner showcases contemporary art from local, international artists in her garage

By GREG KLEIN • Special to

On a country road, in a converted garage, in the town of Middlefield, some of the most amazing works of contemporary art are on display daily.

The Art Garage, owned by Sydney Waller, has spent the past 10 years displaying modern art from artists from Otsego County, as well as around the country and the world.

“It is in my DNA,” Waller said.

A Connecticut native, Waller grew up spending parts of her summers in Roseboom.

Timothy Edward Etter, 74 January 11, 1947 ~ September 8, 2021

In Memoriam

Timothy Edward Etter, 74

January 11, 1947 ~ September 8, 2021

Timothy Etter

EDMESTON – A  man who was a lover of life: passionate, devoted, creative, articulate, genuine, an inquisitive intellectual who pursued all his endeavors with great zeal.

Tim was born in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida; a graduated from Marcellus High School, NY where he had been a proud member of the wrestling team. He received his BA from SUNY Geneseo.

Tim’s professional career included employment by the Syracuse DSO for over 20 years and Madison Cty. ARC. He also worked as a real estate agent.  His greatest love was nature photography. He was proud to be the sole proprietor of “The Image Makers Photography Gallery and Frame Shop. Tim’s artistic capabilities in Photography have been exhibited in numerous galleries and exhibitions in Central New York: including The Cazenovia Artisans, and Gallery 54 in Skaneateles, NY.

Cooperstown & Around: August 5, 2021

Cooperstown & Around

August 5, 2021

State grants include Coop Concert Series

The Cooperstown Concert Series was awarded $10,000 through a state grant to support live music or theater performances. Other groups that got $10,000 include the Glimmerglass Festival, Chenango River Theatre, Franklin Stage Company and the Catskill Symphony Orchestra.

CAA invites artists to submit for ‘Fine Arts on the Lawn’

Artists are invited to participate in the Cooperstown Art Associations’ Fine Arts on the Lawn event Labor Day weekend in Cooperstown. Artists are allowed to display up to five works or apply for and maintain a 10′ x 10′ tent. Go to for more information.

Art Garage to open new shows over weekend

Art Garage to open new shows over weekend

STAFF REPORT • Special to

The Art Garage is opening two shows Saturday, July 10, from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.

According to a media release, the first show is “Dissonance,” focusing on social and environmental justice, and the other is “Roots,” featuring artists from Roseboom and Cherry Valley, as well as renowned farmer artist, Lavern Kelley.

One artist being featured in the “Dissonance” show is Christina Hunt Wood, a multimedia artist who explores her “rural, predominantly white community’s relationship with race and everyday expressions of power,” according to the media release.

Some of her works includes video art and presentations of collected photographic art.

Wood, who has been featured in shows at places like the Fenimore, Collar Works in Troy and the Painting Center in New York City, will be giving a talk at the gallery at 4 p.m., Friday, Aug. 6. Reservations are highly recommended.

For “Roots,” Mark Pelletier will be showcasing abstract art and “his lifelong obsession with a triad of concerns,” said the media release. Pelletier, who was born in Maine, will be giving a talk at 4 p.m., Wednesday, Aug. 11, on the last day of the show.

Another artist featured in “Roots” is Nora Ashwood, who weaves materials found at her home and in her garden in order to create artwork.

The home-schooled daughter of Mary Ashwood and Tom Lane, Ashwood was born into a family of artists. She is the founder of The Old School Student Gallery in Cherry Valley, and wrote a monthly column for The Cooperstown Crier on arts events in the area, with the hope of exposing the richness of the local art community to a larger audience. Now a third year student at Cooper Union School of Art, she focuses on sculpture, drawing, painting and pedagogy.

Ashwood will be having a show from noon to 2 p.m., Saturday, July 17.

The Art Garage is at 689 Beaver Meadow Road in the town of Middlefield. Admission is free. Contact for more information.

Barbara R. Oles, 95 April 23, 1926 – June 19, 2021

In Memoriam

Barbara R. Oles, 95

April 23, 1926 – June 19, 2021

COOPERSTOWN – Barbara R. Oles, 95, formerly of Gladstone Hollow, Andes, died Saturday June 19, 2021, in Cooperstown, surrounded by her daughters.

Barb was born April 23, 1926 at the family home in Franklin, Meadowdale Farm, a daughter of Edwin C. and Mildred E. (Payne) Rowell.  On April 6, 1947, she married Franklin G. Oles of Delhi.

Barb attended the Delaware Literary Institute in Franklin where she excelled in art, graduating in 1944.  She was accepted into the art program at Alfred, but shortly before classes were to begin a returning WWII soldier was awarded her spot.  She then elected to attend the home economics program at Delhi Tech.

Barb and Frank owned and operated the F.G. Oles IGA Store (later the F.G. Oles General Store) in Andes for 20 years, with Barb tending to the bookwork and clerking.  In 1966 she began a career with the Delaware County Department of Social Services, in addition to continuing her commitments to family, home and the store.  She successfully completed every civil service test that was available and rose through the ranks from typist in the Child Welfare Unit to Director of the Food Stamp Division at the time of her retirement in 1988.  She then began yet another career as a receptionist/transcriptionist in the Radiology Department at Delhi Hospital.

Cooperstown Art Association to host preview party for 86th Annual National Juried Art Show

Cooperstown Art Association to host preview party for 86th Annual National Juried Art Show

STAFF REPORT • Special to

After a year hiatus, the Cooperstown Art Association (CAA) is hosting a reception starting with a preview party at 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Friday, July 9.

An award ceremony will also take place during this event.

The preview will be at the CAA gallery on 22 Main Street in Cooperstown.

Go to for more information.


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