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Cooperstown To Allow Outdoor Vending June-Oct.

Cooperstown To Allow

Outdoor Sales For Summer

By LIBBY CUDMORE • Special to

Mayor Tillapaugh

COOPERSTOWN – In an effort to help businesses and bring shoppers back downtown, the Cooperstown Village Board has declared June 1 through Oct. 12 as a Special Event, dubbed “Cooperstown Outdoors,” during their meeting this evening.

Business owners in the Commercial District – Main Street – will be allowed to apply for a permit to hold sidewalk sales.

“By establishing a special event, we can allow for vending in certain locations,” said Cindy Falk, Village Trustee. “A lot of our shops are in smaller spaces, so it may be advantageous to them to be able to sell on the sidewalk.”

Trustees Votes to Strengthen Anti-Bigotry Proclamation

Trustees Votes to Strengthen

Anti-Bigotry Proclamation

By JENNIFER HILL• Special to


COOPERSTOWN –Two weeks after high school boys allegedly attacked another student and shouted homophobic slurs, the Cooperstown Board of Trustees voted in its meeting this morning “unanimously and loudly” to strengthen a 2016 proclamation that the village welcomes people of all backgrounds and does not tolerate acts of bigotry.

“I think it’s important to reiterate how much we in Cooperstown deplore racist and homophobic behavior,” said Richard Sternberg, one of the Trustees who spearheaded the action and vote.  “I found it very heartening we did this.”

Trustee Dewey Outlines Credentials, Asks For Vote

Trustee Dewey

Outlines Credentials,

Asks For Vote

The Freeman’s Journal & HOMETOWN ONEONTA – Jeanne Dewey is sworn in to a one-year term on the Cooperstown Village Board on April 12, 2018, filling the vacancy created when Ellen Tillapaugh Kuch was elected mayor, Husband Dr. John Dewey holds the Bible.

To the Editor:
Twenty-four years ago, my husband and I were deciding where to settle to pursue our careers and raise a family, and in our search we found Cooperstown.
This beautiful village, situated equidistant from my hometown of Rochester and John’s hometown of Worcester, Mass., felt like the perfect place to call home. We chose well – Cooperstown has indeed been a wonderful community to be a part of.
Through the years, I have been active in the community, volunteering my time and energy to many different local organizations, including the PTA, OCCA, and the Cooperstown Food Pantry. I have also served on several different village committees, including the Pedestrian Safety Committee, the Environmental Sustainability Committee, and most recently the Parks Board.
Last year, when Ellen Tillapaugh was elected Cooperstown’s mayor, she appointed me to fill her open trustee position. I accepted the position while wondering how my experience as a hospice triage nurse would transfer to the Village Board. I discovered that many of my professional skills have been helpful.
In my professional life much of what I do is listen, assess, prioritize, and problem solve. I believe my ability to do these things well has proved useful in my role as trustee.
During the past year, I served as Parks Board chair. In this capacity I helped develop plans for several upcoming improvements to Pioneer Park. With support from Friends of the Parks, Fairy Spring Park saw many improvements in 2018, including a new waterfront platform, upgraded retaining wall, and a new staircase.
As Parks Board chair, my continued priority will be making our parks more accessible and inviting to everyone.
If elected to a three-year term as village trustee I will continue to listen, and will work to ensure our village remains a vibrant, sustainable community into the future. I hope you will vote on March 19 at the Cooperstown Fire Hall. Thank you for your support!


‘Stealth’ Cell Tower Proposed On Village Roof

‘Stealth’ Cell Tower

Proposed Atop Key Bank

Robert Willson, right, a project manager for Pyramid Network Services, East Syracuse, went before the Cooperstown Village Board last evening to propose placing a T-Mobile cell-phone tower on the roof of 103 Main St., the Key Bank building. The proposed design uses a “stealth design” construction to blend into the building. At left, Village Trustee Richard Sternberg listens to the proposal, but the village asked Willson to look at additional sites for the tower. A public hearing on the project will be held in January. (Patrick Wager/

So many people have now been looking at getting a cell tower installed near their home. It can certainly help whoever owns the land (or home) that the cell tower is on, as they can get something back from it. If you have a cell tower on your land then you can just check out this cell tower lease for more information on what you would be getting. For starters, better signal is good thing, but so is being paid for it. If you don’t mind having it on your land, then there’s nothing wrong with signing a lease for it.

Although the village does not currently seem keen on building a cell tower on the top of the roof od 103 Main St., the Key Bank Building, perhaps they might see all the benefits that this could bring. We’ll just have to wait and see what happens though. The villagers might change their minds, but obviously this is a big decision for them and it’s one that must be thought about carefully. There’s no point rushing into something like this.

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/
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