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‘Prism Effect’ Sets Off Alarm, Brings Firefighters Downtown

‘Prism Effect’ Sets Off Alarm,

Brings Firefighters Downtown

Beverage Exchange staff was removing bottle displays from the windows today after Saturday’s incident. ( photo)

COOPERSTOWN – A “prism effort” from sunlight filtering through display bottles at the Cooperstown Beverage Exchange set off a smoke alarm and brought Cooperstown volunteer firefighters to the Cooperstown Beverage Exchange early Saturday morning, according to Fire Chief Jim Tallman.

“The decanters acted like a prism,” said Tallman. “They were on top of cardboard boxes, and over time, that prism effect caused the boxes to degrade” and begin smoldering.

Democratic Candidates Kick Off Fall Campaign


Democratic Candidates

Kick Off Fall Campaign

To applause, Democratic County Chairman Aimee Swan, standing at center, introduces city, town and county candidates from across Otsego County seeking office in the Nov. 5 local elections at a kick-off rally now underway at the Beverage Exchange in downtown Coopertown.   (In the foreground are Oneonta Democrats Rick Pavlick, right, and Kate O’Donnell, left.)  At right, Jill Basile, county rep candidate from District 14, Oneonta, attending with husband Vinnie, acknowledges applause.  Inset at left is Brian Flynn, who won Otsego County in the 19th District Congressional Primary in 2018 (Antonio Delgado won the general election), who attended to rally his party’s grassroots. (Jim Kevlin/

Business Owners To Trustees: Bring Back Sandwich Boards

Business Owners To Trustees:

Bring Back Sandwich Boards

Gene Marra, owner of Cooperstown Beverage Exchange and the Cooperstown Distillery, reads a letter from his wife, Montell, asking the Cooperstown Village Board to reconsider their ruling making sandwich boards illegal. “If not for the ‘open’ flag, a pot of flowers and a sandwich board stating ‘complimentary tasting/ tours, a passerby might merely think our building was only a factory,” she wrote. “Please allow us a real-time way of attracting business.” Several local business owners spoke, and the board agreed to hold a public hearing on the law at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 8 (Ian Austin/

Design, Print 3-D Valentine’s Gift


Check back at 5 p.m. for tomorrow’s events.

3-D PRINTING – 10-11:30 a.m. Design a keepsake heart box for someone special. Fee based on weight Registration required. Huntington Memorial Library, 62 Chestnut St., Oneonta. Info,

YPN NETWORKING – 6-8 p.m. Come meet young professionals from the Otsego area. The topic for this evening is community involvement. The Beverage Exchange, 73 Main St., Cooperstown. Info,

FUNDRAISER – 7 p.m. Live music will be performed. The public may donate for the opportunity to perform. Donations go to the Cooperstown Lion’s Club fund to support area residents to lessen financial stress. Mel’s at 22, Cooperstown. Info,

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