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/AllOTSEGO.com)
CLASSIC GAME WEEKEND 2019
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/AllOTSEGO.com)
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.
from HILDA WILCOX
To the Editor:
Having just finished reading this week’s Freeman’s Journal, my husband and I are elated by the free exchange of well-informed opinions and rigorous arguments we found on those pages. The health of our democracy is dependent on such unafraid, intelligent exchanges.
We say “hip, hip, hurrah!” to our editor Jim Kevlin for his editorial and to Topher Hammond and Mike Stein for their vigorously free and honest letters to the editor, and to Adrian Kuzminski for his prudent column that reminds us that there is no easy road to both economic development and sustainable use of energy.
At this period of U.S. newspaper history, when local newspapers are dying by the thousands, it should be a matter of pride that our Freeman’s Journal is still so brilliantly alive and free. Let’s give is all the support is deserves for maintaining our freedom of the press, without which our democracy is not worth of the name.
HILDA MADER WILCOX
from ELLEN POPE
To the Editor:
As our phone conversation Friday made clear that the inflammatory editorial in last week’s paper regarding Otsego 2000 was published to stir up controversy and generate sales, we respectfully decline to respond in these pages.
If anyone would like to learn more about what Otsego 2000 stands for, please visit www.otsego2000.org, follow us on Facebook, or give us a call at 547-8881.
Executive Director, Otsego 2000
Tim Chapin and Gabrielle Bailey hand out cotton candy – an Crayon Carnival favorite – to Chloe Arnold, Cooperstown, during the annual event this afternoon at Cooperstown High Schoo’s Bursey Gym. “This is out fourth year doing it and we love it!” said Chapin. “We had a cotton candy machine and we figured we might as well share!” Visitors could also play games, win prizes, enjoy face painting and balloon animals, as well as potting plants and learning how to test for water purification in local streams. At right, Stefania Aguzzi and son Gregory look over the confectionary delights at the food table.(Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)
200 YEARS AGO
In the case of Sturges vs. Crowninshield – the opinion of the U.S. Supreme Court dated February 25, is summarized as follows: “Discharges under state insolvent laws, exempt the body of the debtor from imprisonment. But his property, subsequently acquired, is liable to his creditors; or, in other words, the contract is discharged as to the person, but not as to the future state of the party.” It is further decided, that until Congress acts upon the subject, the states may pass insolvent or bankrupt laws, which, however, can have no other effect that is above stated; but may be beneficial in putting an end to the partial dispositions of property, which now operate so severely upon the great mass of creditors of those who fail among us. This is all that has yet been decided upon this interesting subject. Gentlemen of the profession will perceive that many points remain for discussion.”
March 15, 1819
175 YEARS AGO
Advertisement: Blacksmithing – Those who want their Horses well shod, or their axes new-laid, or other edge tools made or repaired, are respectfully invited to call at Badger’s Fly Creek Machine Shop, who has on hand the best materials, and has employed Mr. E. Wentworth, whose experience as a Shoer is well known, and who can remedy the defects in the feet of horses which have come from bad shoeing and otherwise. Please give us a trial. Fly Creek, March 1, 1844.
March 11, 1844
150 YEARS AGO
Mr. H.F. Phinney, after having appealed from the present location of the railroad line and terminus in this village, has gracefully yielded to an adverse decision; and, as an evidence of his good will and hearty cooperation in the work in which we are all interested, has released the right-of-way through his entire property, embracing the Lough Farm and the Seminary grounds, to the company, free of charge. This is one evidence among others that Mr. Phinney is not making his investments in this village from purely selfish and personal motives, but that he has a higher view than some minds comprehend of the obligations resting upon men of wealth in the discharge of their stewardship.
March 12, 1869
Bowls and soup were going fast as over 180 people in the first half hour streamed through the doors of the Christ Church in Cooperstown for the annual Empty Bowls event which benefits the local food pantry. Hungry crowds came to try the many different soups offered by 10 area restaurants and seven individuals who in all created over 40 gallons of soup. Above, Amy Zoltick serves a bowl of curried butternut squash soup with wild rice edamame to Stephanie Adams. At right, event organizer Kathy Chase enlists helps from Diane Detrinis, to refill a crockpot with her Thai chicken and rice soup. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 8
COMEDY – 8 p.m. Not Too Far From Home comedy tour returns featuring emcee Aaron David Ward, headliner Chris Coccia, & Jeremy Goff. Tickets, $20/person at-door. Foothills Performing Arts Center, Oneonta. 607-431-2080 or visit foothillspac.org
200 YEARS AGO
Information Wanted – In the year 1814, a young man of the name of Carlos L. Mallory, a native of Woodbury, Litchfield County, Connecticut, and then resident with David Woodward, of that place, as an apprentice to the tanning and currying and shoemaking business, left his home, and has never been heard of by his friends since that period. He is now, if living, 24 years of age, about six feet high, black eyes, and of a dark complexion.
The object of this notice is to obtain information of his present situation. Any person, therefore, who can communicate anything relative to the fate of this young man, will do an act of humanity, which will be remembered with lasting gratitude by his afflicted parents and relatives, by addressing letters to Mr. Nathaniel Mallory, Newton, Fairfield, Connecticut.
February 1, 1819
175 YEARS AGO
Editor’s Note: It is rather annoying to an editor who has any brains and wishes to say something to his readers, to be put all aback by finding so much matter in type as to fill up his columns, affording no room for him to be heard. Brains, or no brains, we know of such a case. John H. Prentiss.
Mr. B.B. Bowen, an educated blind man, will address the people of this county upon the institution and condition of the blind, as follows: At Fly Creek, Tuesday evening February 13; at Hartwick Academy, Wednesday evening, February 14; at West Hartwick, Thursday evening, February 15; at Laurens Village Friday evening, February 16.
February 12, 1844
150 YEARS AGO
The Ladies’ Festival held at the Hall on Thursday evening of last week was a very pleasant affair, especially in its social aspect. It was good to see so many of our villagers “taking tea” together, and then tarrying for a chat and to listen to the music kindly furnished by the Cooperstown Band. The ladies who do the work on such an occasion find it no easy task to earn two or three hundred dollars, but they confer a real favor in more than one direction.
A Private Hop will be given by Mr. L.A. West at Bowne Hall this Friday evening when those of our young people who could scarcely keep their feet still at the festival last Thursday evening, will have an opportunity to gratify their desire for a pleasant dance. Mr. West’s classes have been large, and their proficiency is commended.
February 5, 1869
125 YEARS AGO
Local – The Military Band of Cooperstown is getting on very nicely since its reorganization and is making good progress. There are now 14 members and there are applications from others who desire to join. Our citizens have given the band a “lift” of nearly $200.
The sad news of the death of Miss Constance Fenimore Woolson in Venice, Italy was received here by cablegram, and by the daily papers of Thursday. Her relatives, the Cooper and Keese families had no previous advices of her illness, which must have been brief. The dispatch came from Miss Grace Carter, who is in Europe. Miss Woolson had for several years been a subscriber to The Freeman’s Journal. When we occasionally heard from her, she always expressed her love for her own country and her expectations later on to make Cooperstown her summer home. She was buried in the Protestant cemetery at Rome.
February 1, 1894
100 YEARS AGO
Frank N. Bliss of Cooperstown, R.D. 5 received a telegram from the War Department on Tuesday stating that his son, Sergeant F. Clifford Bliss, had died of bronchial pneumonia on January 9 in France. Sergeant Bliss was one of the original members of the Cooperstown detachment of Co. G. But, when he went overseas he was transferred to the Anti-Aircraft Division.
Orville A. Grover arrived at his home here on Monday, having been honorably discharged from Camp Upton. Grover left Cooperstown with the draft contingent on April 29 last, going to Camp Dix at Wrightstown, N.J. and becoming a member of the 311th Infantry. He went overseas in May and while engaged in the battle at Arras in August he received a wound in his left arm. He was cared for in hospitals in France and England until his return from overseas on December 21. He has been receiving treatment for his wound in a hospital in Hoboken, until transferred to Camp Upton for his discharge.
January 29, 1919
75 YEARS AGO
Mr. and Mrs. Carmen Booan of Cooperstown have received a card from his brother, Pvt. Stephen Booan, son of Dominick Booan of Oneonta, a prisoner of war in Germany. The card, the first word received by any of the family since October, states that he is in good health, and advised the family to get in touch with the Red Cross. It was dated October 7. He was listed by the War Department as missing in action since September 13, 1943, and soon after was listed as a prisoner.
February 2, 1944
50 YEARS AGO
The Girls’ basketball team at Cooperstown Central School finished in second place in the Center State Conference for the 1968-1969 season. Team members are Margo Allemant, Jeanne Marlette, Manager, Debbie Kuck, Judy Wedderspoon, Judy Talbot, Mary O’Leary, and team coach Pat Mihalko.
Bill Washburn, Cooperstown’s championship foul shooter missed one in a clutch situation last Friday night at Morrisville. But the miss proved to be better than the proverbial mile for the play resulted in the winning field goal as Cooperstown edged Morrisville, 59-58. With six seconds left in the game Cooperstown trailed Morrisville, 57-58 with Washburn at the free throw line. Washburn missed the shot but was able to grab the rebound and promptly popped the ball into the net for the winning bucket. The Redskin dandy finished with 32 points for the night. The Redskins will open their new gymnasium at the junior-senior high school next week against Clinton.
February 5, 1969
25 YEARS AGO
Governor Mario M. Cuomo recently introduced legislation that will keep 24,000 children enrolled in New York State’s Child Health Plus Insurance Program (CHIP), a subsidized program as they turn 13 and 14 years of age. The program currently provides affordable primary and preventive health insurance coverage for uninsured children from birth through 12 years of age.
February 1, 1994
Preparations Minimized Accidents,
Kept People Home, Authorities Say
By LIBBY CUDMORE
Preparation, Otsego County agreed, was the secret to riding out a successful winter storm.
“We prepared for the worst, and that made a big difference,” said Art Klinger, county emergency services coordinator at The Meadows Office Building, Town of Middlefield.
Though Winter Storm Harper threatened 20-30 inches over the weekend, the final total came to around 10 inches in most places.
“I don’t think not getting as much snow as we planned for hurt anybody’s feelings,” said Klinger.
After National Weather Service warnings on the storm Wednesday, Jan. 16, Klinger coordinated with the towns, who all said they were on
He Plans To Focus
On Leatherstocking Trolley
By PATRICK WAGER
COOPERSTOWN – After five years, the man who helped the village declare “We Are Cooperstown” will be stepping down.
Matt Hazzard, Cooperstown Chamber of Commerce executive director since 2014, announced Monday, Jan. 21, that he would be resigning from the position in April.
“I’m most proud of the compilation of successes we had during my time there,” he said. “When I look at the Chamber, I felt we have accomplished some great things and with two great summers ahead in 2019 and 2020, it would give a new executive director some great opportunities.”
During his tenure, Hazzard started Cooptoberfest, fall fun for youngsters Columbus Day Weekend as a chance for adults to sample the latest New York beers and ciders in the evening.