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COOPERSTOWN – County Emergency Task Force chairman Allen Ruffles today said he has been assured by Marty Patton, owner of Cooperstown All-Star Village in West Oneonta, that there are no plans to cancel the summer season, at least for now.
All-Star Village – as well at Coopertown Dreams Park in Hartwick Seminary, which Friday announced it is cancelling it 2020 season – together fuel the county’s youth-baseball camp sector, which together inject millions of dollars annually into the local economy.
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“Cooperstown Dreams Park was hoping to avoid this outcome,” says a letter on its website. “But it is the only responsible course of action.”
All teams will receive a 100 percent refund or the option of future participation, and employees will remain at work “to the extent permitted by the mandates of Governor Cuomo.”
Baseball star Bryce Harper, now 26, who played at Cooperstown Dreams Park in 2003-05, has just signed a 13-year, $330-million contract with the Philadelphia Phillies, the largest contract in MLB and pro-sports history.
HARTWICK – Randy C Bullis, 61, of Hartwick, a lifelong Otsego County resident, passed away unexpectedly March 9, 2018 at his home.
He was born on Aug. 1, 1956, in Oneonta, son of the late Clayton and Bessie (Houck) Bullis. He graduated from Franklin Central School.
Editor’s Note: This is Mr. Presutti’s official obituary, prepared by Guenther Funeral Home in Olean.
COOPERSTOWN – Louis A. “Coach” Presutti II, 75, of Salisbury, N.C., Cooperstown Dream Park founder, died peacefully Wednesday, July 6, 2016, in Cooperstown.
Born and raised in Olean, the son of Louis and Lena DiCerbo Presutti, Louis attended Olean High School before enlisting and serving in the Army for four years.
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Editor’s Note: This profile of Lou Presutti II and report on his vision of founding youth-baseball parks nationwide appeared in The Freeman’s Journal on June 17, 2010. The dream was never realized, but Cooperstown Dreams Park continued to flourish and grow up until the time of Mr. Presutti’s death on Wednesday afternoon.
By JIM KEVLIN
COOPERSTOWN – Fifteen-hundred young baseball players will be converging on the Cooperstown region every week through Labor Day.
Over the 13 weeks, the Cooperstown Dreams Park players and their families – more than 60,000 people in all – will fill the region’s hotels, pack the restaurants and make cash registers ring along Baseball’s Main Street.
For 14 years, this has been a unique Otsego County experience, but the experience is about to go nationwide.
In an interview, Dreams Park owner Lou Presutti II said his organization has reached agreement with the City of Newberry, Fla., to begin construction of a second, 16-field Nation’s Park this fall.
COOPERSTOWN – Private calling hours for Cooperstown Dreams Park founder Lou Presutti, 75, who passed away Wednesday afternoon, July 6, at the Hartwick Seminary facility, are underway at this hour at the Tillapaugh Funeral Home.
Word is that Mr. Presutti passed away while taking a nap.
While private, a substantial crowd had appeared for the viewing, including a substantial part of the Dream Park staff. The phones were not being answered at the park at this hour; this is also the shift day, when this week’s Dreams Park players have departed, and next week’s have not yet arrived.
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COOPERSTOWN – Word is circulating that Lou Presutti II, 75, who founded Cooperstown Dreams Park 20 years ago and changed the economy of northern Otsego County, has passed away.
Matt Hazzard, executive director of the Cooperstown Chamber of Commerce, posted this tribute on Facebook:
“Hard to hear of the death of Cooperstown Dreams Park owner Lou Presutti. Umpired there for a couple years and he treated me very well. A strong supporter of the Cooperstown Chamber, his vision has left a lasting impression on Cooperstown and our region. RIP #wearecooperstown”
On Twitter, and Bryce Harper, a Dreams Park graduate who is now playing for the Washington Nationals, has posed a tribute on Instagram.