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Democrats In Albany Considering Final Nail In Common Core Coffin

Democrats In Albany

Considering Final Nail

In Common Core Coffin

Remember: In March 2015, some 100 parents packed a Cooperstown Central school board meeting to protest Governor Cuomo’s plan to use Common Core testing to assess teacher performance. Parent Kim Jastremski, above, said there was an “atmosphere of fear” at the elementary school. In the end, the governor and school boards across the county backed off the concept. Now, with Democrats in control of the state Legislature in Albany, the state may be joining a nationwide movement to remove standardized testing from teacher evaluations, the New York Times is reporting today. (AllOTSEGO file photo)

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HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for TUESDAY, JULY 31
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for TUESDAY, JULY 31

Walking Tour At Historic Farm

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WALKING TOUR – 7 p.m. Explore historic Emmons Farm with descendants, followed by refreshments outside Woodchuck Knoll. Cost, $7/person. Reservation required. Meet at The Farmhouse at Emmons, 5649 St. Hwy. 7, Oneonta. 607-432-0960 or visit www.oneontahistory.org/upcomingevents.htm

CONCERT – 7 p.m. Hanzolo performs groovy originals, funky covers. Lakefront Park, Cooperstown. Call 607-547-5256 or visit richcooperstown.org/lakefront-concert-series/

CCS Principal Lucy Resigns After 2 Years

CCS Principal Lucy

Resigns After 2 Years

Search For Successor To Begin In Fall

Donna Lucy

COOPERSTOWN – Donna Lucy, who recently engaged to marry, has resigned as Cooperstown High School principal in a reorganization announced today by the school district.

“As many of you know I became engaged earlier this year. As a result my family and I will be relocating in July 2018,” Lucy said. “I am super excited for my next chapter and I leave knowing that there are other authentic champions for children in the world.”

Swimmer Mebust Goes Higher Than Any CCS Team Member

Swimmer Mebust Goes Higher

Than Any CCS Team Member

Ted Mebust

COOPERSTOWN – CCS senior swimmer Ted Mebust finished in third-place overall in the 50 freestyle at the state meet on Long Island over the weekend, the highest finish ever by a CCS swimmer at the state meet.

He followed this with an 8th place overall finish in the 100 backstroke.

The two top 10 accomplishments ends Ted’s CCS swim career.  He also won 14 Section 3 swimming titles.

Emily W. Thorn, 96; Worked At Cooperstown Academy, CCS

IN MEMORIAM: Emily W. Thorn, 96;

Worked At Cooperstown Academy, CCS

Emily W. Thorn

HARTWICK – Emily Weir Thorn, 96, a Native Daughter of Cooperstown who worked at Cooperstown Central School and Bassett Hospital, passed away Wednesday night, Dec. 20, 2017, at Focus Rehabilitation & Nursing Center at Otsego.

She was born Aug. 19, 1921, in Adams to Bower F. and Clara (Cleaver) Weir. When Emily was only 2-years-old her mom died of tuberculosis.

In 1925, the family moved to Fly Creek, where Emily attended a one-room country school. She later attended school in Cooperstown, and graduated with the Class of 1939.

Cooperstown Tennis Team Claims Section III Crown

Cooperstown Tennis Team

Claims Section III Crown

Coach Dave Bertram, left, poses with his Cooperstown Central Tennis Team after the boys won the NYSPHSAA Section III title yesterday at SUNY Cortland.  Tyler Bertram and Pierce Snyder won the first doubles.  Will Weldon took first singles.  John Kelley who won at second singles. Delaney Holohan and Reed Porter took second doubles and Noah Lifgren took second in third singles.  From left are D. Tyler, Kelley, Holohan, T. Bertram, Snyder, Lifgren, Weldon and Porter.   The team heads to state qualifiers on Tuesday at SUNY Cortland.    (Jeanette Weldon photo)
13 Teams Run, Jump, Throw Discus At Don Howard Meet

13 Teams Run, Jump, Throw

Discus At Don Howard Meet


OHS’ Jon Miller, top, gets a congratulatory hug from mom Jean after breezing through the 2-mile (3200 meter) event in 10:33 at this afternoon’s Don Howard Track & Field Invitational Meet, which brought teams from 13 schools – from Delaware Academy To GMU – to the Cooperstown Central campus. Winds gusted, but the rains held off; the event is just finishing up now. At right, CCS Hawkeye standout Isaiah Johnson takes to the air for his team. (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)

Could It Be…

Could It Be…

An e-correspondent sent along this photo this evening of what looks a bit like a funnel cloud descending on Cooperstown Central School at 3:22 p.m. Tuesday afternoon. Any thoughts?
An e-correspondent sent along this photo this evening of what looks a bit like a funnel cloud descending on Cooperstown Central School at 3:22 p.m. Tuesday afternoon. Any thoughts?
Principal Cring Announces CCS Good Sports’ Awards

Principal Cring Announces

CCS Good Sports’ Awards

CCS Principal Mike Cring today announced his Good Sportsmanship Award winners for the spring term. Front row, from left, are Jade Brotherton, girls modified track; Owen Kennedy, varsity boys track; Mary Kennedy (Owen's sister), girls varsity track, and Ted Mebust, golf. Second row, from left, Chris Ubner, modified baseball; Jesse Furnari, JV baseball; Rebecca Marmorato, modified softball; Amanda Snyder, JV softball, Thomas Dygart, modified boys track. Winners not in the photo are Kate Trosset, tennis; Chad Carr, varsity baseball, and Kaitlin Palmatier, varsity baseball. (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)
CCS Principal Mike Cring today announced his Good Sportsmanship Award winners for the spring term. Front row, from left, are Jade Brotherton, girls modified track; Owen Kennedy, varsity boys track; Mary Kennedy (Owen’s sister), girls varsity track, and Ted Mebust, golf. Second row, from left, Chris Ubner, modified baseball; Jesse Furnari, JV baseball; Rebecca Marmorato, modified softball; Amanda Snyder, JV softball, Thomas Dygart, modified boys track. Winners not in the photo are Kate Trosset, tennis; Chad Carr, varsity baseball, and Kaitlin Palmatier, varsity softball. (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)
CCS Recognizes 14 Good Sports

CCS Recognizes 14 Good Sports

CCS middle/high school Principal Mike Cring today announced winners of his Good Sportsmanship Awards for the first quarter. Front row, from left, are Eden Griger, girls' swimming; Kelly Mooney, JV soccer; Jade Brotherton, modified girls' cross-country; Emily Odell, modified girls' soccer; Ryan Lansing, modified boys' cross country; Eric Kukenberger, modified boys' soccer. Back row, from left,, are Sean Mayer, varsity boys' cross-country; Lauren Lionetta, cheerleading; William Friedman, modified JV soccer; Julie Ford, varsity football; Jack O'Dell, modified football; Caroline Gozigian, varsity soccer; Ethan Niles, varsity soccer. (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)
CCS middle/high school Principal Mike Cring today announced winners of his Good Sportsmanship Awards for the first quarter. Front row, from left, are Eden Griger, girls’ swimming; Kelly Mooney, JV soccer; Jade Brotherton, modified girls’ cross-country; Emily Odell, modified girls’ soccer; Ryan Lansing, modified boys’ cross-country; Eric Kukenberger, modified boys’ soccer. Back row, from left,, are Sean Meyer, varsity boys’ cross-country; Lauren Lionetti, cheerleading; William Friedman, modified JV soccer; Julie Ford, varsity football; Jack Odell, modified football; Caroline Gozigian, varsity soccer; Ethan Niles, varsity soccer. (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)
California Bans ‘Redskins’ As Public-School Nickname

California Bans ‘Redskins’

As Public-School Nickname

Cooperstown Central's former "Redskin" logo.
Cooperstown Central’s former “Redskin” logo.

California became the first state to ban public schools from using “Redskins” as a team name, nickname or mascot on Sunday in a move applauded by Native American activists, the Associated Press is reporting.

Signed into law by Gov. Jerry Brown (D), the California Racial Mascots Act, authored by Assemblyman Luis Alejo (D), outlaws schools’ use of the slur effective Jan. 1, 2017.

The issue was confronted in the Cooperstown Central School District two years ago, when it changed its nickname and mascot from “Redskin” to “Hawkeye.”

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