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Schneiders Sell Landmark  To John Walker, CCS 1990

Schneiders Sell Landmark 

To John Walker, CCS 1990

Fred and Robin Schneider announced today that they have sold the Landmark Inn, 64 Chestnut St., Cooperstown to Cooperstown native John Walker, CCS Class of 1990. “After 8 wonderful years in Americas perfect village it is time to retire and set sail,” the Schneiders said. “Thank you all for your friendship and support.  We will miss this place. We leave with a full heart and know the Landmark Inn will continue to prosper under the careful attention of John and Keith.”  The sale was closed Wednesday afternoon, the Schneiders said. ( file photo)
Bassett Announces 2-Day Vaccine Clinic On Weekend At Clark

Bassett Announces

2-Day Vaccine Clinic

On Weekend At Clark

COOPERSTOWN – Bassett Hospital has just announced a two-day clinic this weekend to administer 1,200 doses of anti-COVID vaccines the county Health Department received for people over 65.

Vaccination clinics will be on Saturday, March 6, and Sunday, March 7, at the Clark Sports Center.

To make an appointment, click  here soon as possible, as slots fill up quickly.   Or call 1-833-697-4829

Gretchen Sorin In Line For National Recognition


Gretchen Sorin In Line

For National Recognition

Gretchen Sorin

COOPERSTOWN – SUNY Oneonta Distinguished Professor Gretchen Sullivan Sorin is a finalist for a 2021 NAACP Image Award in the category of Outstanding Literary Work – Non-Fiction for her book “Driving While Black” (W. W. Norton & Company). The 52nd NAACP Image Awards ceremony will air live on BET March 27 at 8 p.m.

“I am tremendously honored and very grateful,” said Sorin, director of the Cooperstown Graduate School in Museum Studies. “I hope that this book in some small way helps to shine a light on the origins of restricted mobility for Black Americans and their relationship with law enforcement and serves as a call to action that will help to end racial profiling.”





4 Outdoor Operas Offered

This is an artist’s rendering of The Andrew J. Martin-Weber Lawn Stage, the centerpiece of this summer’s Glimmerglass Festival offerings.

COOPERSTOWN – Opera will be back on Otsego Lake’s shores this summer.

The Glimmerglass Festival announced today it will build an outdoor stage on the festival grounds, where it will present four operas.

The 2021 season will run July 15 through Aug. 17 with performances of Mozart’s “The Magic Flute,” Verdi’s “Il Trovatore,” Offenbach’s “Songbird” (La Périchole), and the world premiere of “The Passion of Mary Cardwell Dawson,” a new play with music about the founder of the National Negro Opera Company.

New CCS Superintendent  On The Job In Cooperstown


New CCS Superintendent 

On The Job In Cooperstown

Millbrook native Sarah Spross, most recently State of Maryland assistant education commissioner, confers this morning – her first day on the job – with Wendy Lansing, her assistant and clerk of the Cooperstown Central school board. Spross met with her leadership team this morning and, in time of COVID, is working with the school board on ways to introduce herself to the community.  (Jim Kevlin/
Master Gardeners’ Fund Drive At 70%


Master Gardeners’

Fund Drive At 70%

Goal: To Redevelop Cooperstown

Parking Lot As Horticulture Hub

This is the garden center the Cooperative Extension’s Master Gardeners’ program is proposing at 123 Lake St., Cooperstown.

COOPERSTOWN – The Grow With Cornell Cooperative Extension fund drive is more than 70 percent toward its $200,000 goal so its Master Gardener program can convert its parking lot at 123 Lake St. into a center of teaching and education.

“Our success demonstrates the investment in planning conducted by Master Gardener Volunteers and staff, and the value the gardens will bring for residents living throughout the county,” said Don Smyers, executive director of Otsego and Schoharie county extension programs.

 The capital campaign was launched in November, and Smyers said the response “is especially rewarding in light of the December holidays and the COVID pandemic.”

Edward F. Danielski, Jr., 89; Radiologist At Bassett, Fox


Edward F. Danielski, Jr., 89;

Radiologist At Bassett, Fox

Edward F. Danielski, Jr.

COOPERSTOWN – Edward F. Danielski, Jr., a radiologist at Bassett Hospital and later director of Fox Hospital’s radiology department, passed away at home on Sunday, Feb. 14, 2021.

The son of Edward Danielski Sr. and Jennie Danielski, Edward was born on July 12, 1930, in Greenfield, Mass.

He attended Deerfield Academy and graduated from Harvard College, cum laude, in 1953. He went to Columbia Medical School and served his internship and residency at the Columbia division of Bellevue Hospital under the service of Drs. Andre Cournand and Dickinson Richards, who had recently received Nobel prizes in medicine.

WINTER CARNIVAL: For 28th Year, Dick Sliter Serving Up Soup ‘n’ Chili


For 28th Year, Dick Sliter

Serving Up Soup ‘n’ Chili

Until 2 p.m. today and 11-2 Saturday, Dick Sliter, for the 28th year in a row, is serving up chili, beef barley soup and broccoli chowder at First Baptist Church of Cooperstown’s annual Soup ‘n’ Chili Luncheon in the 21 Elm St. church hall, as part of the 2021 Cooperstown Winter Carnival.  Due to COVID, the event is all takeout this year, offering to-go pints ($5 suggested price) and quarts ($10) are available.  To order, email or call 607-547-9371.  Inset left Maria Palumbo, Richfield Springs, is manning the front desk.  Sliter, longtime member of First Baptist, is continuing to serve as pastor of Columbus Community Church in Chenango County.  (Jim Kevlin/

Soren’s ‘Driving While Black’ Airs Tonight At 9 On WSKG

Soren’s ‘Driving While Black’

Airs Tonight At 9 On WSKG

Gretchen Sorin

COOPERSTOWN – “Driving While Black: Race, Space & Mobility,” based on the book by Gretchen Sorin, Cooperstown Graduate Program director, will be broadcast at 9 p.m. this evening on WSKG-TV.  It is also available on the PBS streaming service.

The documentary, directed by Ken Burns’ brother Ric, is based on Sorin’s “Driving While Black: African American Travel & the Road to Civil Rights,” published in 2020.   The book grew out of her 2009 thesis.

Clayton J. Bantham Jr., 90; Korean Era Vet, State Farm Manager

IN MEMORIAM: Clayton H. Bantham Jr.,

90; Korean Era Vet, State Farm Manager

COOPERSTOWN – Clayton Harvey Bantham Jr., whose father managed Iroquois Farm, passed away Friday morning, Feb. 5, 2021, at Saratoga Hospital. He was 90 and lived in Wilton, Saratoga County.

Born Oct. 30, 1930, in Utica, Harvey was the son of Clayton Harvey Bantham, Sr. and Ruth Lucille Kline Bantham. In 1936, he moved to Cooperstown with his family when his father became Iroquois Farm manager.

Appointments Available Now: BU and SUNY Poly


Appointments Available

Now: BU and SUNY Poly

Click Here For ‘Am I Eligible’ App

Editor’s Note: will seek to keep you up to date on the availability of vaccinations against COVID-19.  We will strive to update our information at noon daily.

As of noon today, there are now four  New York State special sites still accepting appointments in Potsdam, Syracuse, Johnson City and Utica.

According to the NYS website, “The Federal Government determines how much vaccine New York State receives and has given New York approximately 250,000 vaccines per week for over 7 million people who are eligible – as a result, supply is very limited.

Vaccines are available at pharmacies, hospitals and through local health departments – please contact the provider of your choice to schedule a vaccine appointment.”

6 O’Brien Siblings, Mom Find Medallion At Badger


6 O’Brien Siblings, Mom

Find Medallion At Badger

Mom Beth O’Brien (county 911 Coordinator Rob O’Brien’s wife) poses with their six children a few minutes ago after they found the 2021 Cooperstown Winter Carnival Medallion behind a bench in the village’s Badger Park. The youngsters, including the Hartwick quadruplets, are, front row, from left, Bobby, 3, Connor, 7 months, Noah, 6; back row, from left, are Hannah, 8, Hunter, 6, and Lucas, 6.  Mostly virtually, the carnival gets underway this weekend. (Jim Kevlin/
Thomas D. Parrotti, 72 May 12, 1948-Feb. 14, 2021


Thomas D. Parrotti, 72

May 12, 1948-Feb. 14, 2021

Thomas D. Parrotti

HAMDEN – Thomas Dominic Parrotti, 72, passed away following complications from COVID-19 at 11:15 a.m. on Sunday, Feb. 14, 2021.

He was born on May 12, 1948 in Binghamton, and was raised there by his mother Dorothy “Dottie” (Chervenka) and Dominic Parrotti. After high school Thomas studied at the Traphagen School of Fashion in New York City.

Thom worked in many professions over the years, including owning his own clothing store and interior design business. He worked for the former mayor of Binghamton, Juanita Crabb; together they brought in the Binghamton Mets Stadium.

Visitors Allowed To Visit Patients


Visitors Allowed

To Visit Patients

COOPERSTOWN – Beginning today, Bassett Healthcare Network is resuming partial visitation for inpatients at its hospitals: Bassett in Cooperstown, Fox in Oneonta, Cobleskill Regional, Little Falls and O’Connor in Delhi.

Visitation hours are limited to 1-3 p.m. and 5-7 p.m. weekdays. On weekends, hours will be 1-5 p.m.  One visitor at a time will be allowed, with a maximum of two patients a day — four hours total per patient.

6 Artists’ Prints To Aid Doubleday Field Projects


6 Artists’ Prints To Aid

Doubleday Field Projects

Graig Kreindler signed print of “The Sandlot Kid” and Doubleday Field is among six prints by noted artists that are being sold as a fundraiser for the Friends of Doubleday Field.

COOPERSTOWN — Six award-winning artists have donated prints to the Friends of Doubleday to help raise funds dedicated to continuing improvements and programs at the baseball shrine.

“To have six award winning artists — six! — from around the world donate their unique talents to help secure its preservation is truly a blessing,” said Friends President Jeff Katz, the former Cooperstown mayor. “Each artist has created a unique artistic impression of the field.”

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