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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/
Mo-o-oving On

Cooperstown Holstein

Auction Draws Crowd

Company Owner Jennifer Huntington, 56,
Respected Farmer, Passed Away Last December
It is the end of an era as 580 head of cattle head to the Cattle Exchange Auction this hour from the Cooperstown Holstein Corp.  The compan’s owner, Jennifer Huntington, 56, a respected farmer, passed away last December.  Above, John Petkovsek, a cattle wrangler with Hosking Sales, helps direct cows into a chute,for viewing by farmers form around the region. Equipment from the farm will hit auction block tomorrow. (Ian Austin/
Democracy Requires Honest Views Vigorously Expressed

Democracy Requires Honest

Views Vigorously Expressed

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.



Inflammatory View Doesn’t Deserve Reply

Inflammatory View

Doesn’t Deserve Reply

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, follow us on Facebook, or give us a call at 547-8881.


Executive Director, Otsego 2000


A Colorful Afternoon At Annual Crayon Carnival

Colorful Afternoon

At Crayon Carnival

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/

BOUND VOLUMES: Mar. 14 – 15, 2019

BOUND VOLUMES: Mar. 14 – 15, 2019

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

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

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

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