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POPE: Thanks to Those Who Made Event a Success
Letter from Ellen Pope

Thanks to Those Who
Made Event a Success

I’m writing in to express our deep gratitude to all who made our sold out Grilled Cheese for a Good Cause, a community fundraiser for the Cooperstown Farmers’ Market, a happy success.

Hats off to the talented chefs who served up deliciously inventive sandwiches and soups: Alex Webster from Alex’s Picnic, Tim Searles from Doubleday Café, caterer Mark Loewenguth, Alex Guenther and Brian Wrubleski from Mel’s at 22, Kyle Morris and Elizabeth Schula from Origins Café, Peter Calhoun from The Otesaga, Jesse Pascale from Rock Hill Farm, Michelle Ianelli-Rubin and Sierra Tompkins from Social Eats Café, as well as Cheryl Zamelis and Carlin Thompson from Sunflower Café.

Holiday Market Set for December 20

Holiday Market Set
for December 20

COOPERSTOWN – The Cooperstown Farmers’ Market will hold a special Holiday Market with 26 local farmers, artisans, crafters and food producers on Tuesday, December 20 from noon to 5 p.m. The event will feature free mulled cider from Middlefield Orchard and live music. The Cooperstown Farmers’ Market, which operates year-round on Saturdays, is located in Pioneer Alley at 101 Main Street.

Free Composting Offered at Market

Free Composting Offered at Market

Cooperstown Composting is now offering a free weekly compost drop-off outside of the Cooperstown Farmers’ Market while the market is underway.

Accepted materials are: fruits and peels; tea bags and coffee grounds; vegetables; egg shells; yard clippings; leaves and flowers; cardboard and paper; meat and dairy; and table scraps. Plastics, animal waste, glass, metals, and waxed or glossy paper are prohibited.

The Cooperstown Farmers’ Market, open Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., is located at 101 Main Street, Cooperstown, in Pioneer Alley.


Weaving & Fiber Arts
At The Farmers’ Museum


FIBER ARTS WEEKEND – 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Visit for demonstration and hands-on activities in everything from spinning to weaving to quilting with local groups on hand to discuss the art. Admission, $15/adult. The Farmers’ Museum, Cooperstown. 607-547-1450 or visit

FREE FISHING DAYS – All Day. Fish the freshwater of New York State. No license required. All the other freshwater fishing regulations apply. Visit

In Memoriam Amelia ‘Molly’ E. Holtje Fixture of Cooperstown Farmers’ Market

In Memoriam

Amelia ‘Molly’ E. Holtje

Fixture of Cooperstown Farmers’ Market

Amelia ‘Molly’ Holtje

COOPERSTOWN – Amelia ‘Molly’ Holtje of Lima, New York, (formerly Cooperstown), passed peacefully at home on February 13, 2022 at age 90. She is survived by her children, Thomas, Susan, Daniel (Julie) Holtje; grandchildren, Jeremey, Zuri Ryan, Jess Holtje, Madeline (Thomas) Campbell, Ellie, Noah Holtje: great granddaughter, Lillyanna Ryan; several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her husband, Henry (Harry) j. Holtje, Jr.; brothers, Charles and Frank Caparelli.

Molly was known as an accomplished seamstress, caterer, and jack of all trades. She was a self-starter who continued learning throughout her lifetime. As a young girl Molly worked at a dress factory that was converted into a uniform factory for WWII soldiers. This was the beginning of a life devoted to the wide variety of creative arts she produced. Molly taught sewing classes for children and adults at Cooperstown Central School as part of the adult education program, was a gifted wedding dress maker and sold a variety of American Girl Doll clothing at the Cooperstown Farmers Market.

Local Food Finds Its Customers

Despite Pandemic Problems:

Local Food Finds Its Customers

By KEVIN LIMITI • Special to

Beth Redd, a volunteer with the Cooperstown Farmers Market, helps a customer with their purchase.

The worst pandemic in a century has impacted the daily lives of everybody including farmers markets, which are a staple of the community in Otsego County.

However, some farmers markets, such as the Cooperstown Farmers Market and Richfield Spring Farmers Market, have turned that misfortune into an advantage by implementing new ways of doing business, market officials said.

With increased interest in customers buying local, farmers markets and their vendors have put in place safety regulations and have adapted to the new reality of social distancing by abiding to USDA regulations during the age of COVID.

In order to limit exposure, the Cooperstown Farmers Market, which is operated by Otsego 2000, has established a curbside pickup where customers can order food on their website between 5 p.m. Mondays and 2 p.m. Wednesdays and pick up the order on Saturdays.

Product offerings will be updated every Monday on the website.

HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO: Celebrate Day Of The Dead 11-07-20

Celebrate Day Of The Dead


CELEBRATION – 1 p.m. Celebrate Dia De Los Muertos on Zoom with Coop Graduate Program. Features storytime & craft activity. Pick up materials at the Library during 11/5 & 11/6 (3-5 p.m.). During the week public is invited to place a copy of a photograph of a deceased loved one on the ofrenda (altar) to celebrate & honor loved ones who are no longer with us. Cooperstown Village Library. Visit

HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO: Halloween Fun In Richfield Springs 10-31-20

Halloween Fun In Richfield Springs


HALLOWEEN FUN – 10 a.m. – Noon. Bring painted or carved pumpkins to enter in pumpkin contest, winners announced at 10:15, followed by costume contest. Prizes available. All ages welcome. Richfield Springs Public Library, 102 Main St., Richfield Springs. 315-858-0230 or Click Here

VOTE – 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. Early Voting open. Meadows Office Complex, 140 Co. Hwy. 33W, Cooperstown. Click Here for info.

HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO: Stream 3 Plays Online Featuring Local Performers 10-24-20

Stream 3 Plays Online

Featuring Local Performers


STREAMING – Theater returns with ‘An Evening of Lanford Wilson’ featuring 3 plays performed by local actors. ‘Days Ahead,’ with Gary Stevens, ‘A Poster of the Cosmos’ with Steve Dillon, & ‘The Moonshot Tape’ with Brooke Tallman-Birkett. Cost, $10 for 2-day steaming access. Presented by Stuff of Dreams Productions. 607-432-5407 or visit

VOTE – 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. Early Voting begins. Meadows Office Complex, 140 Co. Hwy. 33W, Cooperstown. Visit for info.

HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO: Cider Pressing Demonstration 10-17-20

Cider Pressing Demonstration


CIDER PRESSING – 2 p.m. Learn how to make real apple cider at demonstration of old fashioned cider press. Continues till apples are gone. Also find, apple cider donuts, homemade icecream. Polar Bear Homemade Ice Cream & More!, 5212 St. Hwy. 28 S., Oneonta. 607-434-0148 or visit

HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO: Fall Foliage Run To Support Relay For Life 10-10-20

Fall Foliage Run To

Support Relay For Life


RELAY FOR LIFE – 11 a.m. Join Fall Foliage Run with the American Legion Riders in memory of Robin Enck, Rider & Army Veteran who lost his life to cancer this year. Ride to support American Cancer Society in the search for a cure. Registration begins 9:45 a.m. Cost, $15/participant. American Legions, 279 Chestnut St., Oneonta. 607-432-0494 or visit

HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO: Art Exhibit Opening Reception 09-19-20

Art Exhibit Opening Reception


OPENING RECEPTION – 5 – 8 p.m. Celebrate exhibit opening featuring Eileen Crowell’s ‘Plant Portraits,’ Ruben and Damian Salinas’s ‘The Spirit of Gesture,’ and Pooh Kaye. Free, open to public, masks required. Displayed through 9/27, by appointment only. Community Arts Network of Oneonta, Wilber Mansion, 11 Ford Ave., Oneonta. 607-432-2070 or visit

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