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Fund Drives To Assist 2 Injured Firefighters

Fund Drives To Assist

2 Injured Firefighters

Contributions Also Accepted Saturday

At Cooperstown Farmers’ Market

Jon Roach
Scott Monington

COOPERSTOWN – Online GoFundMe drives are now underway to assistant Scott Monington and Jon Roach, the two Cooperstown volunteer firefighters injured by explosions at the garage fire in Middlefield Wednesday night.

The drive for Scott, a correctional officer at the Otsego County Jail, was established three hours ago and, as of this writing, has raised $2,385.  To contribute, click here

The drive for Jon Roach, a patient-care technician, was established yesterday and so far has raised $7,215.  To contribute, click here

Also, a table will be set up from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. tomorrow (Saturday) at the Cooperstown Farmers Market, where donations, either money or food, will be accepted.  All donations will be forwarded to the Coopertown Volunteer Fire Department.

PLANNING EVENTS TO ASSIST SCOTT AND JOHN?
FOR PUBLICITY, CONTACT 547-6103 OR info@allotsego.com
Question Planners Should Ask: Is It Better Than What’s There?
Letter from CHIP NORTHRUP

Question Planners Should Ask:

Is It Better Than What’s There?

To the Editor:

To implement the Village of Cooperstown Housing Committee’s recommendations, the Village might start by being a bit more receptive to the demolition of derelict buildings for new development.

Since the village can’t grow outwards, it must grow upwards via infill redevelopment.

The density of the village’s building stock has probably decreased slightly from its peak – as evidenced by archival photographs of hotels that burned and larger buildings that were torn down and replaced by lower density structures such as the CVS building on Main, the under-utilized TJ’s building, or the abandoned car dealership on Chestnut.

New construction should be compatible with the neighborhood and historic context of the village, but the determining factor should be whether the proposed redevelopment is better than what’s there now – which in many cases is junk.

Disallowing redevelopment guarantees the decline and underuse of derelict buildings, to no good end.

CHIP NORTHRUP
Cooperstown

 Ralph J. Veenema, M.D., 97; NYC Physician Retired Here
IN MEMORIAM

 Ralph J. Veenema, M.D., 97;

NYC Physician Retired Here

 COOPERSTOWN – Ralph James Veenema, M.D., former chief of urologic oncology at Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center in New York City, passed away Friday, Dec. 14, 2018, at Covenant Village, Cromwell, Conn.  He was 97.

Dr. Veenema and his wife retired to Cooperstown in 1997.

Born Dec. 13, 1921, in Prospect Park, N.J., he was the son of Ralph and Sadie (Van Dyke) Veenema. He had three brothers and a sister.

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