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Centers Honors Veteran Isolated By Coronavirus

LEGION OF MERIT AWARDED

George McCrea received a Legion of Merit Certificate from Cooperstown Centers.

INDEX – As a third-class Petty Officer in the Navy, George McCrea, 84, of Cooperstown, who served four years following the Korean War, from 1956 to 1959.

Because of COVID-19, McCrae was unable to participate in Veteran commemorations and had limited visitation on Nov. 11, but the Cooperstown Center inducted him into its Legion of Merit.

George has been at Cooperstown Center only since last year.  He reminisces about the days he was in the  Navy when his ship, the USS Leyte, hit a whale and the ship had stopped patrolling the Northeast Coast of the Atlantic Ocean.

Nursing Homes Struggle To Accommodate Visitors

Nursing Homes Struggle

To Accommodate Visitors

Cost Of Tests Among Hurdles To Contact

By JIM KEVLIN • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com

Levi Lazar

COOPERSTOWN – For months after Governor Cuomo’s March 13 executive order on COVID-19, many families in Otsego County, as around the state, were unable to visit their loved ones in nursing homes, except perhaps through a window.

“Our first obligation is to keep our residents healthy,” said Levi Lazar, director at the Cooperstown Center, operated by the Centers Health Care, based in White Plains.  “Their psychological and social wellbeing is also very important to us.  We want our residents to see their families.”

As of Sept. 15, the regulations changed.

Mayor Tillapaugh Honors Vets At Centers

COOPERSTOWN VETERANS DAY

Mayor Tillapaugh Honors

Vets At Cooperstown Center

Cooperstown Mayor Ellen Tillapaugh greets veteran George McCrea at a Veterans Day commemoration at The Cooperstown Center this afternoon. McCrea, formerly from Laurens, served in the Navy for four years and recalls when his ship, the USS Leyte, hit a whale. “It stopped the ship dead in the water – I couldn’t believe that,” he said. During his service in the late 1950s, his aircraft carrier was responsible for patrolling the northeast coast of the United States. (James Cummings/AllOTSEGO.com)
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for FRIDAY, DECEMBER 28
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for FRIDAY, DECEMBER 28

‘Cat Tails & Cocktails’ Fundraiser

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FUNDRAISER – 6 – 10 p.m. Celebrate end of 2018 with Superheroes in Ripped Jean at ‘Cat tails & Cocktails’ event. Semi formal wear encourage, award presented to best dressed. Tickets, $30 found at Underground Attic, Peter Clarks Student Rentals, My Father’s Place. Covers admission, 2 drinks, hors d’oeuvres, raffle ticket. My Father’s Place, 5690 St. Hwy. 7, Oneonta. 607-441-3227 or visit www.facebook.com/superheroesirj/

HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for THURSDAY, JUNE 28
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for THURSDAY, JUNE 28

Barges On The Canal

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CANAL EVENING – 6 – 8:30 p.m. Corning Museum of Glass GlassBarge offers glass blowing demonstration. See the barge arrive with Lake Champlain Maritime Museum’s Canal Schooner “Lois McClure” at Noon. Weather permitting. Free, tickets required. Riverside Park, Canajoharie. Call 518-673-2314 or visit www.arkellmuseum.org/events-calendar

FARMERS MARKET – 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Find products from Elk Meadow Farm Maple Produces, plants, jewelry, other merchandise. Lobby, Cooperstown Center, 128 Phoenix Mills Cross Road, Cooperstown. Call 845-269-2893.

HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for WEDNESDAY, JUNE 27
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for WEDNESDAY, JUNE 27

Discover Nature In The Park

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NATURE WALK – 10 – 11:30 a.m. Get the kids out exploring different habitats in the park, identify plants, animals, use a journal to record observations. Meet at Spruce Street entrance, Wilber Park, Oneonta. Call 607-547-4488 or visit occainfo.org/calendar/get-the-kids-out-nature-identification/

AUTHORS SERIES – 1 p.m. Baseball author David Kelly present and discuss book “Ballpark Mysteries: The Cardinals Caper” Followed by a book signing in the Atrium. Included with Museum admission. The Bullpen Theater, Baseball Hall of Fame, Cooperstown. Call 607-547-7200 or visit baseballhall.org/node/17198?date=0

HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for WEDNESDAY, JUNE 20
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for WEDNESDAY, JUNE 20

Discussing ‘Silent Night’

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TALKING OPERA – 7 p.m. Director Tomer Zvulun and Conductor Nicole Paiement share perspectives on Pulitzer prize-winning opera “Silent Night.” Parish Hall, Christ Episcopal Church, 69 Fair St., Cooperstown. Call 607-547-2255 or visit www.facebook.com/glimmerglassfestival/

BOOK SIGNING – 5 – 7 p.m. Get your copy of “Lewis Hine: Photographer and American Progressive,” signed by the author Tim Duerden and enjoy a presentation about the famous photograher. The Green Toad Bookstore, 198 Main St., Oneonta. Call 607-433-8898 or visit www.facebook.com/TheGreenToadBookstore/

HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for WEDNESDAY, JUNE 13
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for WEDNESDAY, JUNE 13

Tour Old Oneonta Fair Grounds

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WALKING TOUR – 7 p.m. Wayne Wright, of the Greater Oneonta Historical Society, leads a tour of the former grounds of the Oneonta Central Fair (1873-1926). Cost, $3. Meet corner of Belmont Place & Hudson, Oneonta. Call 607-432-0960 or visit www.oneontahistory.org

AUTHORS SERIES – 1 p.m. Baseball authors Randy Roberts and Johnny Smith present and discuss their book “A Season in the Sun: The Rise of Mickey Mantle.” Followed by a book signing in the Atrium. Included with Museum admission. The Bullpen Theater, Baseball Hall of Fame, Cooperstown. Call 607-547-7200 or visit baseballhall.org/node/17195?date=0

HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for WEDNESDAY, MAY 30
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for WEDNESDAY, MAY 30

Fun Day With The Dogs

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DOGGY & ME – 6 – 7 p.m. Run an obstacle course with your best bud, make a homemade doggy toy, or meet the adoptable pooches from the Susquehanna Animal Shelter. Donation or wishlist item required for admission. The green, Oneonta YMCA, 20-26 Ford Ave., Oneonta. Call 607-547-8111 or visit www.facebook.com/Susquehanna-Animal-Shelter-121696841223218/

TALKING OPERA – 7 p.m. Presentation on “The Barber of Seville” by Joseph Colaneri, Glimmerglass Festival Music Director and conductor of this production. Auditorium, The Fenimore Art Museum, Cooperstown. Call 607-547-2255 or visit www.facebook.com/glimmerglassfestival/

HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for WEDNESDAY, MAY 23
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for WEDNESDAY, MAY 23

Kids Garden Festival

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PLANTING DAY – 3 – 4 p.m. Kid Garden Festival featuring plant sale and activities after school. Kid Garden, Cooperstown High School. Call 607-547-8181 or visit www.cooperstowncs.org

DISCUSSION GROUP – 3 – 5 p.m. Discussion of current events. Cooperstown Village Library, 22 Main St., Cooperstown. Call 607-547-8344 or visit www.facebook.com/VillageLibraryOfCooperstown/

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