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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

Near Record Crowds At Empty Bowl Event

Near Record Crowds

At Empty Bowl Event

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/

bound volumes cooperstown 1 30 2019

Bound Volumes
Jan. 30 – Feb. 1, 2019

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

So Long, Harper

So Long, Harper

Preparations Minimized Accidents,

Kept People Home, Authorities Say


Jim Kevlin – Mom Rebecca Smucker of Cooperstown had herself and daughter Ada, 11 months, bundled up Saturday, Jan. 19, as Storm Harper began dusting the village at about 4 p.m.
Ian Austin – For Sam Wyant, Oneonta, the empty streets were an opportunity to take his Indie ‘95 600 Triple snowmobile out for a spin on Chestnut Street.

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

After 5 Years, Hazzard Leaves Chamber Helm

After 5 Years,
Hazzard Leaves
Chamber Helm

He Plans To Focus
On Leatherstocking Trolley


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.

Freedom, Suffrage Signs On View At MLK Day Event

Freedom, Suffrage Signs

On View At MLK Day Event

Historical markers commemorating New York State’s freeing the slaves in 1827 and Susan B. Anthony’s visit to Cooperstown in 1855 greeted attendees at this evening’s Special Worship Service marking Martin Luther King Jr. Day, now underway at this hour at First Presbyterian Church, Cooperstown. Inset, the Rev. LaDana Clark, Oneonta, sings out a rendering of “I’m Going To Praise My God All Over This Land.” Attendees, who read and listened to excerpts on the history of race relations in Otsego County, included Lee Fisher, NAACP/Oneonta chapter president. (Jim Kevlin /

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