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Labor, Dairy & Trade Top Agriculture Concerns


Top Agriculture Concerns:

Labor, Dairy, Trade, Ball Says

Labor, dairy and trade are his biggest concerns, Richard Ball, state Ag & Markets commissioner, told The Farmers’ Museum sixth annual Celebration of Our Agricultural Community this morning in the Louis C. Jones Center.  “In the old days, farmers only had to think about their cows and their towns,” said Ball.  “Now, they have to consider the value of our currency, what is China doing, what is happening in Washington, or if New Zealand had a good year. Trade effects our local farmers now more than ever.” He urged farmers to make themselves and their concerns known to their legislators, because representation of farmers has been on the decline. “They need to know who you are and that you are involved in agriculture.”  Keynote speaker Dr. Jason Evans, inset right,  SUNY Cobleskill, described farmers’ adoption of new technologies: “When industry is worried about not having enough labor, they mechanize. Agriculture adapts faster than any other area to advancing technology. We need to get properly scaled technological advancements to our small and medium farms.” (Ian Austin/

Pumpkins Aglow At Cooperstown Village Hall

Pumpkins Aglow On

Village Hall’s Steps

Coopertown’s Frank Panzarella’s puts the finishing touches on his “Puking Pumpkin” at 14th annual Pumpkin Glow this evening on the Village Hall steps, organized by the Cooperstown Art Association. The event encourages locals to bring their own jack-o-lanterns to the Village Hall for an evening of treats, ghost stories and a radiant display of pumpkins. (James Cummings/

Costumed 5K Through Cooperstown


COOP LOOP – 1 p.m. 19th annual 5k & 10k race through streets of Cooperstown. Registration 11:30-12:30 a.m. Cost, $30/adult for 5k, $35/adult for 10K, day of race. Win prizes for costumes with categories from scariest, to funniest, to best. Starts, ends at Clark Sports Center, Cooperstown. 607-547-2800 or visit

Small Scale,  Big Reality


Small Solar System

Shows Big Realities

Kathryn Demby, her grandson, Lukas Dolan, 10, of Worcester; Cristina Hansen, adjunct lecturer for SUNY Oneonta’s physics lab; her husband, Erik Stengler, professor in CGP’s Science Museum Studies Track; Jim Hill, OCCA vice president, and far right, Jeff O’Handley, OCCA’s program director. (Jennifer Hill/

By JENNIFER HILL • Special to

COOPERSTOWN  – They might not look like space explorers, but the seven who met Saturday morning at the railroad tracks were just that.

Bill Ralston led a tour of the Earth’s solar system, from the sun to Pluto, by using common objects to represent the planets and walking specific numbers of paces between them to represent actual distances between them.


Look Back At Wildlife Of 2019


AUDUBON SOCIETY – 7:30 p.m. Presentation “Collected stories of 2019” featuring photographs of birds, foxes, butterfly’s, other natural subjects by local photographer Rick Bunting. Will feature stories about favorite events from this year. Quality Inn, 5206 St. Hwy. 23, Oneonta. 607-397-3815 or visit

Pete Henrici Wins ’19 Fetterman Prize

Pete Henrici Wins

’19 Fetterman Prize

Pete Henrici

COOPERSTOWN – Pete Henrici, retired Cooperstown Central Latin teacher and president of Baseball Nostalgia, has received the 2019 Fetterman Award, for service to youth.

The Clark Foundation and Clark Sports Center, which has presented the award annually since 1993, has scheduled a luncheon in Henrici’s honor for this coming Monday at The Otesaga.

Art, Art, Everywhere!

Art, Art, Everywhere!

On Village Hall Lawn

Paintings, sculpture, photography and more are on display Sunday afternoon at the Cooperstown Art Association’s annual Fine Art On The Lawn on the porch and front lawn of Cooperstown’s Village Hall, 22 Main. Above, Kathy Lloyd, Cooperstown, sits and admires art from Susan Jones Kenyon, Mary Nolan and Lisa Booan, while Joseph Kurhajec, right, Treadwell, is seen  at his booth making one of his characteristically strange creatures out of clay. So stop by to mind something to fill those empty walls or mantle!  The show ran through 5 p.m. (Ian Austin/

Cooperstown Artisan Festival Welcomes Food and Drink

Cooperstown Artisan Festival

Welcomes Food and Drink

The Cooperstown Artisan Festival now features  more than diverse art from around the region, it has begun featuring food and drink unique to our area. Above, Eric House, Springfield Center, and daughter Dakoda scoop out free samples of Stewart’s Ice Cream for passers-by. At right, Melanie Miller pours a glass of hard cider from The Fly Creek Cider Mill inside the tasting tent which features a selection of local artisan beers  including Ommegang, Cooperstown Brewing Company and more.  The event continues Sunday from 10am-5pm. (Ian Austin/


Baseball Hall Of Fame Welcomes Class of ’19


Baseball Hall Of Fame

Welcomes Class Of ’19

55,000 Fans Attended, 2nd Largest

The 2019 inductees into the Baseball Hall of Fame – from left, Harold Baines, Lee Smith, Edgar Martinez, Michael Mussina, Mariano Rivera, and Brandy Halladay, accepting the plaque posthumously on behalf of her husband Roy Halladay – pose for a group photo on the stage following their Induction ceremony earlier today in the field next to the Clark Sports Center.  If your eyes were good, you may have even spotted Laurentino Cortizo, right, the President of Panama, who was in the crowd with fellow Panamanians to witness and celebrate their countryman Rivera’s induction.  The Hall announced this evening that 55,000 fans attended the ceremony, making it the second-largest, after the Cal Ripken Jr./Tony Gwynn weekend in 2007. (Ian Austin/

Hawkeyes Fall To Ticonderoga Sentinels

Hawkeyes Fall 7-3 To

Ticonderoga Sentinels

Above, Chris Ubner, pitches for the Cooperstown Hawkeyes against a member of the Ticonderoga Sentinels this afternoon during the NYSPHSAA Baseball State Championships held at at Binghamton University earlier this evening. Ryan Lansing managed to make it home in the first inning, but the team didn’t score another run until the sixth inning, when Lansing brought in his second home run and Spencer Lewis grabbed a third. Although the points seemed to bolster the packed Cooperstown cheering section, it wasn’t enough to overcome the deficit which led to the Hawkeyes losing 7-3. But they were still honored as hometown heroes, and at right, crowds cheer and applaud as they welcome the Hawkeyes back to Cooperstown atop the fire department’s ladder truck. (Ian Austin, Thom Rhodes/

Stars Abound At HOF Classic At Doubleday Field


MLB Stars Abound 

At Doubleday Field

Jeff Idelson, Baseball Hall of Fame president, left, and Hall board Chairman Jane Forbes Clark, right, stand with members of 30 Major League Baseball teams who made up the roster for the 2019 Hall Of Fame Classic game at Doubleday Field this afternoon in Cooperstown. Despite some sprinkles, professional ballplayers gave their fans a great game as well as T-shirt give-aways, children’s competitions, as well as signing autographs and memorabilia. At right, Maria Noto, Cooperstown, backed by the Cooperstown Sign Language club, sings the National Anthem at the beginning of the afternoon’s game. (Ian Austin/

Drug Take-Back Yields 225 lbs. In Castoff Rxs

Drug Take-Back Yields

225 lbs. In Castoff Rxs

COOPERSTOWN – Bassett Hospital’s Drug Take-Back campaign in April yielded 225 pounds of unwanted, expired and unused prescription medicines that were dropped off at three locations, the hospital announced today.

Drug Take-Back was designed to encourage people to clean out their medicine cabinets, and drop-off points were set up at Bassett in Coopertown, O’Connor Hospital in Delhi, and FoxCare Pharmacy in Oneonta.

The Fast And The Flurries

The Fast And The Flurries

Mary Matis and Amy Trombecker, Sharon Springs, run with their dogs Tate, Ryker and Fonzie in today’s Cider Run 5K/10K race at the Fly Creek Cider Mill, which was marked by unseasonably cold temperatures, wind and snow. Proceeds for the event go to help fund the Susquehanna Valley SPCA. (Ian Austin/
Concrete Piles High As 3rd-Base Bleachers Go

Concrete Piles High As

3rd-Base Bleachers Go

A team from Upstate Companies, Mount Upton, is completing its first week demolishing the concrete third-base bleachers at Cooperstown’s historic Doubleday Field, the first step in a $5.8 million renovation. The contract specifies 60 days, but Jim Brust, Delaware Engineering’s inspector at the scene, expects the job may be done before that. In all, 10,000 yards of concrete are being removed. He said the pile of cement probably reached its peak this afternoon, as the demolition waste will be trucked away to make way for modern bleachers and a two-story building that will include restrooms, locker rooms, an office for Doublefield Field Manager Quinton Hasak, topped by a picnic pavilion. The grandstand will also be repaired, repainted and renovated, but with the idea of maintain its historic character. (Jim Kevlin/
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