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For The Love Of Boating

For The Love Of Boating

Since 1975, Larger Boats On Otsego Lake,
But Owners Using More Smaller Craft, Too

Editor’s Note: Bill Harman has led SUNY Oneonta’s Biological Field Station on Otsego Lake since its founding.

The Otsego Lake Association’s Fourth of July Boat Parade gives boaters – ever more of them since the Biological Field Station began tracking them in 1975 – a chance to celebrate the Glimmerglass they love. In the background is Mount Wellington, the Sleeping Lion. (Jim Kevlin/
Bill Harman

Historically, as in all our inland lakes after the original European settlement, rowboats, canoes, and sailboats capable of carrying a few passengers dominated Otsego Lake.

Early on it provided a corridor between the waters of the Mohawk drainage and the Southern Atlantic states via the Susquehanna River and was of national importance. It was used for a diversity of commercial and military activities over that length of time.

The first dirt road was built up the east side of the lake by William Cooper in 1787. By 1818, sections of road had begun to be built along the west side of the lake between Cooperstown and Springfield, but there was no direct route until about 1917.

Those early roads did not provide access to hotels and residences along the lake since they were constructed along the ridgetops to avoid the necessity of building bridges over the many streams running to the lake.

During that period, the lake itself served for commercial as well as recreational transportation. The first steamboat was launched in 1858. The last commercial steam vessel plied the lake in 1933.

During the height of those activities in 1894, 10 steam-powered vessels were active on the lake. At least two, the “Natty Bumppo” and the “Cyclone,” could carry more than 300 passengers.

Edward O’Malley, 59, Coached Tennis At Cooperstown CC, SUNY Oneonta

Edward O’Malley, 59, Coached Tennis

At Cooperstown CC, SUNY Oneonta

Edward O’Malley

ONEONTA – Edward P. O’Malley, 59, a former tennis coach at the Cooperstown Country Club and SUNY Oneonta., passed away peacefully at his home in Pottstown, Pa., on Saturday Sept. 23, 2017, surrounded by his family.

Edward was born on Sept. 23, 1958 in Oneonta, the son of William and Marie O’Malley. He graduated from Oneonta High School in 1977, Broome Community College in 1979 and SUNY Oneonta in 1981.

Otsego Olympian Takes Fourth In Rowing Machine Competition

Otsego Olympian Takes Fourth

In Boston Rowing Competition

Andrea Thies, in blue, placed fourth in the World Rowing Machine Competition.
Andrea Thies, in blue, placed fourth in the World Rowing Machine Competition.

ONEONTA – Andrea Thies, the Oneonta rowing coach and two-time Olympian, finished fourth out of 47 competitors at the World Rowing Machine Competition in Boston on Sunday.  She was accompanied by Abby Rodd.

Thies, who coaches rowing at the Cooperstown Country Club, covered 1.24 miles in seven minutes, 17 seconds.  She competed on the Olympic Rowing teams in 1992 and 1996.

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