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Tick season brings vigilance against Lyme

Tick season brings vigilance against Lyme

By PATRICK DEWEY • Special to

What is most astounding about Lyme Disease is that one tick the size of a sesame seed or smaller, according to the CDC, can change someone’s life course.

Cherry Valley resident Tina Leentjes, diagnosed with Lyme Disease in May 2017, went from working five days a week and attending events almost every evening to working part-time and falling asleep
before dinner is finished.

For Brenda Michaels of Cooperstown, symptoms began with knee pain and started a four-year battle that included headaches, fast heartbeat and facial weakness.

The life-changing effects show why awareness of Lyme Disease is critical.

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.

HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO: Community Easter Art 04-04-21

Community Easter Art



EASTER ART – 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. Celebrate spring. Come enjoy community art project ‘It’s For The Birds’ featuring hand-decorated birds perched around town. Will be displayed through Memorial Day. Main St., Cherry Valley. 607-264-3080 or visit

Suspect Sought In Heist Attempt

Suspect Sought In Heist Attempt

This white sedan, parked near the bank, is being sought.
The suspect’s image was captured on the bank’s camera.

The suspect in the attempted robbery Monday afternoon, March 22, at NBT Bank’s branch was still at large at presstime Tuesday evening.

The incident occurred at 1:56 p.m. at the 16 Main St. bank. The suspect didn’t threaten the bank’s staff or display a weapon.

State police from the Richfield Springs Barracks are handling the investigation.

Bank robberies, or threat of such, are rare in Otsego County. Sheriff Richard J. Devlin Jr. said the last one he remembers was at the NBT in Edmeston on June 6, 2016, almost five years ago.

Likewise, prosecutions are a rarity, said Assistant District Attorney Chris Di Donna.

Attempted robbery is considered a violent felony under state law, punishable by a prison term of 16 months or more.

Village Board Approves Girl Scouts’ Inclusive Vision

Cherry Valley Board OKs

Girl Scouts’ Inclusive Vision

Girl Scouts, Bailey Thayer (left) and Zola Palmer (right) following their meeting with Parkitects.


CHERRY VALLEY – Girl Scouts, Bailey Thayer and Zola Palmer are making a difference in their community.

When brainstorming service project ideas, the fourth and fifth-grade juniors suggested improving the village playground behind the Cherry Valley Community Center – formerly the Cherry Valley School – by adding more equipment.

Specifically, Zola is excited to add spinners to the current equipment. “I like to spin,” she said.

Bailey is looking forward to adding a handicapped swing to the mix. “There are not many in the area, and we have kids in our school that are disabled and are wheelchair-bound.  I think it would be nice to have options locally for them to play on a playground,” she said.

Seth Yerdon, 83; Army Veteran, Retired Postmaster

IN MEMORIAM: Seth Yerdon, 83;

Army Veteran, Retired Postmaster

CHERRY VALLEY – Seth E. Yerdon, 83, formerly of Cherry Valley, an Army veteran and retired postmaster, passed away peacefully on Monday, Aug. 10, 2020, at his home in Tamarac, Fla.

Seth was born on Feb. 20, 1937, in Little Falls, a son of the late DeForest and Mae Yerdon.

He retired in 1990 after serving in the military and with the U.S. Postal Service.

MITT of the FUTURE Under Marucci Wing, Creator Planning Cooperstown Factory


Under Marucci Wing, Creator

Planning Cooperstown Factory

By LIBBY CUDMORE • Special to

Scott Carpenter is relocating his Cherry Valley workshop to Cooperstown’s Key Bank Building to make custom baseball mitts under the Marucci Sports label. (Ian Austin/

COOPERSTOWN – The secret to the baseball glove of the future, Scott Carpenter discovered, is in looking at the gloves of the past.

“I was at an artist’s residency at Blue Mountain Lake and someone invited me to meet with Ted Spencer at the Baseball Hall of Fame,” he said. “I realized that Cooperstown was a great location, not just for my business, but to study gloves. The best way to project forward is to look at how they’ve evolved.”

Now Carpenter, who has been making custom-fit baseball gloves since 2003, has been acquired by Marucci Sports, based in Baton Rouge, La., one of the leading manufacturers of baseball bats for Major League players who now want to expand into gloves.

As a fashion artist in New York City, Carpenter had made several gloves and exhibited them in shows alongside Keith Haring, who will be featured at The Fenimore Art Museum next summer, and other pop artists. “Gloves are a unique object,” Carpenter said, in an interview at his Cherry Valley workshop that will soon be moved to Cooperstown.

“They’re sentimental and complex,” he said. “I wasn’t making them to be ironic or weird, I was interested in everyday objects and the weight they carried.”

The more gloves he made, the better he got, and soon, he was making custom gloves for minor league players, including Noah Krol, then with the Oneonta Tigers, in 2007.

“A regular glove only has a knot at the thumb to adjust and that’s as much of a custom fit as you get,” he said. “But mine are custom fit to each person’s hand for a tailored, ergonomic fit.”

In the early days, he would ask customers to trace their hands, but now 3D imaging and printing has made it easier to get an even more custom fit.

“When you have a better fit, you reduce slack,” he explained. “Players tell me the glove feels locked in, so the exchange from the catching hand to the throwing hand is easier.”

In 2011, he made the first non-leather microfiber glove to be used in the MLB by Brian Gordon, the Yankee pitcher.

“I make the lightest gloves in baseball,” Carpenter said. “The average, all-leather glove might be 24 ounces, and mine are usually 5 to 8 ounces lighter.”

The gloves begin at $535 when he was selling them through his website; they will now be retailed at places like Dick’s Sporting Goods.

In 2001, he had relocated his shop, Carpenter Trade, to Cherry Valley, in a home where previous occupants used to make baseballs.

“I found an empty spool of baseball thread being used as a doorstop,” he said. “And I found a needle of the right size for that thread.”

He makes as many as 50 gloves a year, all by hand, on Singer sewing machines. “A glove takes about 19 hours to make,” he said. “And I know the connection between Singer and Cooperstown, so I thought it would be cool to use those machines.”

His first Marucci glove was made for Atlanta Braves third baseman Josh Donaldson, the former American League MVP.

“Other brands were interested in my performance-enhancing technology,” he said. “But Marucci was a fast-growing brand, and their bat is the most used bat in Major League baseball. They think they could have a similar impact on gloves, so that was motivation to acquire my business.”

Now under Marucci, he plans to relocate to the Key Bank building on Cooperstown’s Main Street,  and hire additional employees to help keep up with the demand. “Marucci will mass produce the components, and I’ll finish them here,” he said.

And he plans to continue working with the Hall, as well as research among baseball fans and Dreams Park players. “There’s so much intellectual capital here,” he said. “People around here have that knowledge.”

In addition to professional-grade gloves, he also custom makes gloves for people with hand deformities and disabilities.

He had grown up playing baseball, and still plays in the Leatherstocking League locally. “My sons are one and 4,” he said. “I’m so specialized in adult gloves that making one for them is going to be a whole different product.”

Father & Son Help Competition Run Smoothly

Father & Son Help

Competition Run Smoothly

Dan Heinrich and his son Will spent their Father’s Day volunteering by making sure the stage was kept clean and cleared for the competitors 3rd annual Cherry Valley Outdoor Games lumberjack competition this afternoon at Alden Field in Cherry Valley. While most of the event finished early,  national competitors like Mike Sullivan, right, still gave onlookers a reason to cheer as they sawed their way to the finish of the final heat, which was televised nation wide. (Ian Austin/

A Renaissance Man, Bill Isaac, 81, Founded Gallery, Artworks, LEAF


A Renaissance Man,

Bill Isaac, 81, Founded

Gallery, Artworks, LEAF

In 2011, Bill Isaac shows off a rare A-shaped forge he saved during his restoration of the Old Blacksmith Shop on Route 28, Schuyler Lake, which he then ran as a art and crafts gallery. (

CHERRY VALLEY – William Gordon “Bill” Isaac, a Renaissance man and a beloved member of the greater Cherry Valley community, best known recently for operating the Cherry Branch Gallery, died on May 5, 2019, at his home here with his beloved partner, Willow Partington, by his side along with her children and son-in-law.

Bill Isaac

Born on May 3, 1938, in Aurora, Ill., Bill was the son of Helen and Gordon Isaac, of Downers Grove. Bill’s mother was Chippewa (Ojibway).

Bill attended Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, receiving the S.C. Johnson Award in Chemistry. He left in May 1958 without a degree, and worked as a chemist in Allied Chemical’s uranium refining plant in Metropolis, Ill.,  where he worked with radioactive materials. In 1960, Bill moved to New Orleans where he worked as a picture framer and began oil painting, selling his works in Pirates’ Alley and local galleries. He was drafted into the Army in 1961, and worked at Fort Detrick, Frederick, Md.. In 1963, he received an honorable discharge.



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