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Editorial: It’s Not ‘Over’ Yet

Something happened last weekend. All of a sudden the Village of Cooperstown was quiet; the sidewalks were sparsely populated; there were a number of parking spaces on Main Street (though not so many opposite the Hall of Fame, where the sign says 15-minute parking); there were no horns blaring (though the fire department siren was working hard, as is its wont); and there were fewer cars speeding up and down the lake and on Route 28, south toward Oneonta.…

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Dreams Park update opens tourism season

Dreams Park update opens tourism season By KEVIN LIMITI• Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com The summer tourism season begins Memorial Day weekend, with businesses and attractions getting set for a better year now that COVID is beginning to dissipate. After a run of team cancellations earlier in the year, the Dreams Park baseball camp announced new protocols Monday, May 24. The baseball camp in Hartwick Seminary will open Friday, July 23, with no restrictions on social distancing or mask wearing. However, they…

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Otsego Looks Outdoors

With Another Tourism Season In Doubt Otsego Looks Outdoors By GREG KLEIN • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com With tourism dealt another pandemic-related blow last week, Otsego County’s leaders are increasingly turning to outdoor adventures to lure visitors. “We’re actually in the process right now of trying to launch a massive campaign to tout our outdoor adventure,” said Cassandra Harrington, executive director of Destination Marketing Corporation, which promotes tourism in Otsego and Schoharie counties. Harrington said the tourism news has been mostly…

Baseball Camps Wait For Albany Guidance

Baseball Camps Wait For Albany Guidance Quarantine Rules Also Turn Off Some Families By JIM KEVLIN • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com COOPERSTOWN – Health and wealth. Those are the two concepts people in government and the tourist industry are using in discussing the news that the two youth-baseball camps, Dreams Park in Hartwick Seminary and All Star Village in West Oneonta, are seeking permission to open someway, somehow, in the 2021 season. “If they can conform to the state’s requirements and…

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All-Star Village Cancels 2020 Season

All-Star Village Cancels Season ONEONTA – Citing Governor Cuomo’s restrictions on overnight camps and other social-distancing measures, Cooperstown All-Star Village has announced that the remainder of the 2020 season has cancelled. “We feel it will not have the same wonderful feeling, filled with memories that will last a lifetime,” Patton wrote in a statement on the camp’s website. “It’s important for us to deliver a safe and memorable experience for all in attendance. After considering all the possible alternatives we…

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All Star Village Cancels Week 2

All Star Village Cancels Week 2 WEST ONEONTA – Week 2 of the All Star Village 2020 season – June 13-19 — has been cancelled, the youth-tournament venue’s proprietor, Marty Patton, announced this morning. “While the COVID-19 pandemic continues to impact our country at large, regrettably, we will not be able to deliver the ultimate Cooperstown experience your team and families have been looking forward to,” Patton wrote to Week 2 families across the nation.…

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All Star Village Cancels Week I Of 2020 Season

All Star Village Cancels Week I Of 2020 Season Owner Marty Patton Vows: Nothing Will Happen As Long As There’s Risk By JIM KEVLIN • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com ONEONTA – Cooperstown All Star Village has cancelled its youth baseball tournament for the week of June 6, Week One of its 2020 season, proprietor Marty Patton said this morning. A letter to the 70 teams scheduled for the first week will be going out later this week. For now, he said,…

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Week By Week, All-Star Village Will Chart 2020

FULL REPORT TO FOLLOW IN THIS WEEK’S HOMETOWN ONEONTA, FREEMAN’S JOURNAL Week By Week, All-Star Village Will Chart 2020 WEST ONEONTA – Marty Patton, owner of Cooperstown All-Star Village, today announced the youth-baseball park has put together a flexible plan that may allow it to function through the 2020 season. “We have decided to make a decision regarding the 2020 tournament… four weeks in advance of each week,” Patton wrote in a public letter.  Players’ families and coaches will then be…

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At All-Star Village, No Closing Planned – At Least For Now

TASK FORCE CHAIRMAN SAYS: At All-Star Village, No Closing Planned – At Least For Now COOPERSTOWN – County Emergency Task Force chairman Allen Ruffles today said he has been assured by Marty Patton, owner of Cooperstown All-Star Village in West Oneonta, that there are no plans to cancel the summer season, at least for now. All-Star Village – as well at Coopertown Dreams Park in Hartwick Seminary, which Friday announced it is cancelling it 2020 season – together fuel the…

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Baseball Camps Open Tomorrow

FAMILIES ARRIVE TODAY Baseball Camps Open Tomorrow At noontime today, Maskot’s, across Route 28 from Dream Park’s entrance in Hartwick Seminary, had a full parking lot, and servers, from left, Josie Furnari, Cooperstown, and Ally Baker and Leeza Shultz, both of Oneonta, were greeting customers.  That’s because Dreams Park and Cooperstown All-Star Village players and their families are arriving today, in anticipation of Saturday’s 7:30 a.m. opening ceremonies.  By summer’s end, some 200,000 will be attracted by the youth baseball…