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Cooperstown & Around: July 15, 2021

Cooperstown & Around

Animal shelter to host open house of new facility

The Susquehanna SPCA is having a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 10:45 a.m. Saturday, July 17, in order to celebrate the completion of its animal shelter and campus.
The ribbon-cutting will be followed by an open house until 4 p.m.
The new shelter is at 5082-5088 State Route 28, just south of Cooperstown.

Cooperstown Center to host circus shows

There will be a free circus on Friday, July 16, at the Cooperstown Center and Centers Home Care on Phoenix Mills Road in the town of Otsego.
There will be two performances, at 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. There will be food vendors on site.
Attendees are encouraged to bring lawn chairs. Seating is limited. Call 607-544-2600 for more information.

Cooperstown & Around: July 8, 2021

Cooperstown & Around

Village to host concert series at Lakefront Park

Cooperstown will host the Lakefront Concert series, which began Tuesday, July 6, and will take place every Tuesday from 7:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Attendees are encouraged to bring chairs, blankets and non-alcoholic beverages. The next concert will be Tuesday, July 13, and will feature the Kennesaw Mountain Boys.

Richfield to host concerts in the park

The Richfield Springs ‘Concert in the Park’ series, a free event, will be held at 7 p.m., Wednesdays on state Route 20, starting Wednesday, July 14.
Attendees should bring a blanket or chair.
The first event will feature classic country from the Nelson Brother’s Band.

Cooperstown & Around: July 1, 2021

Cooperstown & Around

CFD announces donation in honor of Fred Kerr

The Cooperstown Fire Department announced Tuesday, June 29, that it has received a donation to honor the memory of Fred Kerr.
The donation will go to the purchase of an extractor washer/dryer for cleaning turnout gear and lowering the risk of cancers in volunteers.
Kerr served as fire chief in Bristol, Ohio, in the 1980s. He loved Cooperstown and his family had a cottage on Otsego Lake for more than a century, his widow Carol Kerr said in the media release.
The donation came from the D Squared Fondation.

Village to hold hearing about 20 Glen Avenue

The Cooperstown Board of Trustees will hold a public hearing at 7 p.m., Monday, July 26, at Village Hall, about subdividing and issuing a special-use permit to the owners of 20 Glen Avenue.

Cooperstown & Around: June 24, 2021

Cooperstown & Around

FOVL to hold book sale starting Saturday

Cooperstown’s Friends of the Village Library will hold its annual book sale at 22 Main St. in Cooperstown, beginning Saturday, June 26.
The sale will run from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., daily, through Sunday, July 4. Saturday, June 3, and Sunday, July 4, all books are $5 per bag for people who bring their own bags.

OLA to hold annual holiday boat parade

The annual holiday boat parade, sponsored by the Otsego Lake Association, will take place at 3 p.m., Saturday, June 3.
This year’s theme is “Here Comes the Sun,” based on a song by The Beatles.
As with the 2020 parade, because of the coronavirus pandemic, there will be no judging or awards.
Contact Wayne Bunn at or 518-542-6630 for more information.

Cooperstown and Around & The City of the Hills: June 17, 2021

Cooperstown and Around & City of the Hills

Juneteenth to be celebrated Saturday in Oneonta

Juneteenth, a celebration of the emancipation of African-Americans during the Civil War, will be celebrated at 3 p.m., Saturday, June 19, in Neahwa Park in Oneonta.
There will be music, food and art.
Oneonta Mayor Gary Herzig will speak at 5 p.m., before an introduction to Juneteenth from Jonathan Brown.

School merger passes first hurdle

According to officials at both schools, the Board of Educations at Worcester Central School and Schenevus Central School have both unanimously voted Tuesday, June 15, to approve a potential merger. The plan will now go to a non-binding community straw poll Sept. 22, followed by a binding resolution Dec. 3.

Cooperstown & Around: May 20, 2021

Cooperstown & Around & City of the Hills

County reopens
micro-grant applications

COOPERSTOWN – Otsego County has announced it will reopen its grant program for community events through Friday, May 28.

Sponsors must explain their event and tell the Board of Representative’s Intergovernmental Affairs Committee how the event will draw visitors to the area. If it is a new event, the application must describe the market segment the sponsors are trying to attract.

Go to and click on Community Events Grants Application 2021 for more information.

COOPERSTOWN AND AROUND – Pickin’ at Fly Creek Phil


Pickin’ At Fly Creek Phil

At the Fly Creek Philharmonic, Tim Peters plays the mandolin Saturday, March 16, during the annual performance at the Fly Creek Methodist Church. Peters is director of Otsego Rural Housing Assistance. More photos at

Dewey Top Vote-Getter In Village Election

COOPERSTOWN – Incumbent Trustee Jeanne Dewey garnered the most votes (128) in the Tuesday, March 19, village elections.

Incumbent Richard Sternberg was second (119) and newcomer MacGuire Benton third (114).
The election, for three seats on the Village Board, was uncontested.

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COOPERSTOWN AND AROUND: Mar. 14 – 15, 2019

COOPERSTOWN AND AROUND: Mar. 14 – 15, 2019


The Freeman’s Journal – Candy Moore of Bergen County, N.J., smiles at granddaughter Parker, 3, of Cooperstown, eagerly awaiting pancakes March 12, at The Farmers’ Museum Sugaring Off Sundays, which continue 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m. on March 17, 24 and 31

No Contest Tuesday For Village Board

COOPERSTOWN – Two incumbents and a newcomer are running unopposed for Village Board Tuesday, March 19.
Incumbents Jeanne Dewey and Richard Sternberg seeking three-year terms; newcomer MacGuire Benton is seeking a one-year term. All are Democrats.

Cooperstown and around Mar 07 08 2019

Abraham Lincoln (Savannah Ackley) strokes his (her) beard and thinks great thoughts at CCS’ “Night of the Notables,” Tuesday, March 5, where eighth graders annually depict great historical figures.

Dreams Park Grad Signed For $330M

COOPERSTOWN – Baseball star Bryce Harper, now 26, who played at Cooperstown Dreams Park in 2003-05, has just signed a 13-year, $330-million contract with the Philadelphia Phillies. It is the largest contract in MLB and pro-sports history.

WELCOME, DST: The long dark season ends at 2 a.m. Sunday, March 10, when we’re advised to turn our clocks forward one hour: Daylight Savings Time is here!

►OTSEGO COUNTY’S NEW “Energy Task Force” held its first meeting Wednesday, Feb. 28 at the Oneonta Town Hall. Read exclusive report.
►FIVE HOMES were evacuated north of Cobleskill Saturday, March 3, after a rig carrying compressed natural gas flipped off I-88. The truck did not belong to XNG, which had been routing rigs through Otsego County.


DiPerna Invited Back To Vatican To Advise Pope


Jacob Smith of Toddsville reported this goat loose Friday afternoon, Feb. 22, causing consternation in that Town of Otsego hamlet. Its owners, Hank and Diane Nichols of Cooperstown, claimed the animal and reported it safely back in its pen that evening

DiPerna Invited Back To Vatican To Advise Pope

COOPERSTOWN – Paula DiPerna, the Cooperstown-based consultant, has been invited back to the Vatican March 7-9 to confer with Pope Francis on U.N. goals for social and economic development, called SDGs.
She first met the Pope last June, while attending special Vatican conference of environmental leaders in Rome.

Cooperstown and Around Feb. 22, 2019

Cooperstown and Around

Feb. 22, 2019

Ian Austin/The Freeman’s Journal Goodyear Lake Polar Bear Jump organizer Jamie Waters gives a high-five to mascot Goodie before taking the plunge Saturday, Feb. 17

Trooper Hurt In Fight Along Interstate 88

At least one state trooper was injured in an altercation that took place near the Schenevus exit on I-88, according to Aga Dembinska, Troop C public relations.

Six Named To Chamber Hall of Fame

Six Named To

Chamber Hall of Fame

Aiden Vanessendelft, Cooperstown, dips daughter Lily on the dance floor at the Oneonta Family Y’s Daddy-Daughter Dance Saturday, Feb. 9, at SUNY Oneonta’s Hunt Union Ballroom.

Six business, including the Baseball Hall of Fame, the Cooperstown Farmers’ Market and Stagecoach Coffee were selected from 25 finalists to be the 2019 inductees into the Cooperstown Chamber of Commerce’s 2019 Chamber Business Hall of Fame.



The Freeman’s Journal – Among attendees at the Goodyear Lake Polar Bear Jump Chinese auction Sunday, Jan. 27, at Milford Central, was Ruby Wright, 2, of Worcester, a beneficiary of the 2017 jump. How’s she doing? “Great!” said dad Van.

Head To Debates
At Energy Summit


It’s exploded like, well, a gusher.
The Otsego County Chamber of Commerce “Energy Summit” Thursday, Jan. 31, at The Otesaga has expanded from six to nine hours, and



20 Inches Of Snow On Way This Weekend

Ian Austin/The Freeman’s Journal –  Chandra Kaczor of Cooperstown learns about Destination Wedding at Beaver Valley, Hartwick Seminary, at the Foothills’ annual Wedding Expo Sunday, Jan. 13, in Oneonta
Shannah Kane, Oneonta, was on site with The Village Printer, and Lydia Palmer, was representing Morris Tent Rental and table settings at the Foothills Wedding Expo on Sunday, Jan 13

As much as 20 inches of snow could fall on Otsego County this weekend, according to Accuweather.
The strong snowstorm is predicted to start in the Midwest and sweep up central Pennsylvania and into central New York by Thursday or Friday.
Though snow will start on Friday and continue on Saturday, the majority of the snow will fall on Sunday. Snow is also predicted through the rest of next week.
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►CONGRESSMAN DELGADO introduced his first bill in Congress: to extend veterans’ benefits to their spouses. He also refused a paycheck until the shutdown ends.
►2018 TEMPERATURES hit record highs, but was also 6/10ths of a degree below normal overall, Oneonta weather watch Dave Mattice reports.
►SENATOR SEWARD will also serve on the education, finance, higher education, insurance and rules committees.
►YOUNG REPUBLICAN Bobby Walker of Cooperstown is

Cooperstown And Around: Nov 12

Cooperstown And Around

Flashing red lights were installed at Walnut and Delaware in recent days.
Flashing red lights were installed at Walnut and Delaware in recent days.

COOPERSTOWN – Concerns about cars running the stop sign at Cooperstown Elementary raised by crossing guard Stretch Redding have led to the installation this week of solar-powered flashing lights that will blink, blink 24-7.

Trustee Cindy Falk, Streets Committee chair, said this week she, Redding and Trustee Ellen Tillapaugh had independently observed similar lights at Center and Dietz in Oneonta, and though they might keep drivers alert at the student crosswalk in the village.

EXPERT ARRIVES: Consultant Kennedy Smith, former president of the National Main Street Center, was here Monday, Nov. 9, meeting with the Comprehensive Plan committee on ways to diversity retail in downtown Cooperstown.

AIDING FOOD BANK: The Scriven Foundation has again provided a holiday season grant to match donations to the Cooperstown Food Pantry for up to $5,000 during November and December. Donations may be sent to the food pantry, 25 Church St., Cooperstown NY 13326.

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