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Damaschke Field

Goodbye Grandstands

DAMASCHKE DEMOLITION BEGINS

Goodbye Grandstand

Gary Laing, Oneonta Outlaws owner, says goodbye to the Damaschke Field grandstand as demolition began this morning. The project, which will take several months, will be completed in several stages; the first, taking out the seats and tearing down the fences, will be finished in a matter of weeks. Laing plans to auction off several of the seats at a later date, and the remaining metal will be recycled.  A new concrete pad will be poured before winter sets in, and come May 1, new seats will be placed 25 feet closer to home plate for the team’s return on May 15. In addition, the boxes and dugouts will be rebuilt, with 40 feet of netting placed over them for safety. Phase II of the project, rebuilding the grandstands, will be completed after additional fundraising, some of which was secured by state Senator Jim Seward, R-Milford. At right, Hunter Cika and Paul Young, Clark Companies, begin the process of tearing out the old seats. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)

HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for FRIDAY, JULY 26, 2019
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for FRIDAY, JULY 26

Performance ‘Possessing Harriet’

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THEATER – 7:30 p.m. Set in 1839, “Possessing Harriet” portrays the enslaved Harriett Powell escaping from a hotel, finding refuge with an abolitionist and his young cousin Elizabeth Cady. Free admission, suggested donation $20/person. Reservation strongly recommended. Franklin Stage Company, 25 Institute St., Franklin. 607-829-3700 or visit franklinstagecompany.org/shows-events/this-season/

Oneonta Baseball Fans Say Thank You, Sam!

HoF, Delgado Send Regards, Too

Oneonta Baseball Fans

Say Thank You, Sam!

Outgoing National Baseball Hall of Fame President Jeff Idelson, above, a speaker at this evening’s recognition at “Mr. Baseball” and “Mr. Oneonta” Sam Nader’s 100th birthday celebration at Damaschke Field, snaps a photo of Sam with fan PJ Harmer.  Former mayor Nader, who turned 100 on July 8, brought the Yankees minor league franchise to the City of the Hills 50 years ago, and both milestones were recognized in an on-field ceremony that also featured state Sen. Jim Seward, R-Milford, and Mayor Gary Herzig.   Oneonta Outlaws owner Gary Laing and Outlaws Manager Joe Hughes, who retired in June as OHS athletic director, shared emcee responsibilities.   Nader was presented with a flag that had been flown over the U.S. Capitol for a week, a gift from U.S. Rep. Antonio Delgado, D-19; Sam’s name will now be included in a permanent record in Washington, D.C., of those so honored.  Also present were many members of the 1969 team, which won the NY-Penn championship, including, inset, OHS graduate Randy Georgia.  Behind Nader is his son, John, himself a former mayor and now president of SUNY Farmingdale.  (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)

HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 8
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 8

9/11 Memorial Event

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HERO RUN/WALK – 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. Memorial run/walk for all the heroes who lost their lives on 9/11/01 and honoring the heroes who still answer the call. Fly Creek Volunteer Fire Company., 832 Co. Hwy. 26, Fly Creek. Visit hero5k.itsyourrace.com/event.aspx?id=6181

RODEO – 4 – 11 p.m. Support your hometown baseball team at Saturday Night Showdown. Pre-rodeo features games, food, music. Rodeo kicks off at 7, followed at 9 by party with music, cash bar, snacks. Tickets, $20/adult. Available at SFCU locations, ISD, The Shipping Room, or Online. Oneonta Outlaws, Damaschke Field, 15 James Georgeson Ave., Oneonta. 607-432-6326 or visit www.facebook.com/oneontaoutlawsbaseball/

Seward Announces $1 Million In Grants For Damaschke Field

Seward Announces

 $1 Million In Grants

For Damaschke Field

State Sen. Jim Seward, R-Milford, announces $1 million in funding for improvements to Damaschke Field, including replacing the grandstand at a press conference this afternoon in front of the historic Oneonta ballpark.  Behind him are Oneonta Mayor Gary Herzig and Oneonta Outlaws owner Gary Laing.  “We need to preserve historic features,” said Seward, who brought home a separate $1 million grant in May for Cooperstown’s Doubleday Field.  “We also need to prepare for the future.  Some upgrades are badly needed.”  About 1/3 of the money – it was obtained through  the state’s State and Municipal Facilities Program – will be required to raze the grandstand, whose steel girder are rotting.  Laing said there are a “lot of good ideas” on how to replace it that will be coming into focus in the months ahead.    He called the grant “absolutely incredible.”  A tour of the grandstand followed, including a cramped shower room, which home and visiting teams used to share.  (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)
OJCA Honors Community Partner 2018 Hall of Fame Inductees

OJC Adds Community Friends

To 2018 Hall of Fame Class

From right: Qimane Williams, Bob the Bulldog, and Chris Kuhn, Director of the Oneonta Job Corps Academy, stand with the 2018 inductees into the OJCA Community partner Hall of Fame Inductees Ian Austin, The Oneonta Teen Center and Hometown Oneonta, Betty Lee, NAACP and Human Rights Commission, Kaler Carpenter, Club Odyssey, Jeanette Mulford, Days For Girls, Vanessa Pellegrino, NY Goat Yoga, and Alan Donovan, Friends of Oneonta Municipal Airport and GOHS. The six were honored for their support and involvement with the OJCA students in a brief ceremony before the start of the 5th annual community softball game between Oneonta Job Corps Academy and The Family Resource Network, this evening at Damaschke Field. (Libby Cudmore/AllOTSEGO.com)

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Astroturf Picnic Area Installed At Damaschke

Astroturf Picnic Area

Installed At Damaschke

Oneonta Outlaws owners Gary and Karen Laing watch a crew from Chenango Contracting, Johnson City, install a circular Astroturf baseball at Damaschke Field’s front gate today. The Laings plan to add picnic tables for the convenience of fans. Laying the baseball-shaped fabric are, from left, Jason Metzger, Binghamton, Lucas DePofi, Endicott, and Sean Lee, Binghamton.  Chenango Contracting just completed Astroturing the baseball and football fields at OHS.  (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for TUESDAY, JULY 31
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for TUESDAY, JULY 31

Walking Tour At Historic Farm

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WALKING TOUR – 7 p.m. Explore historic Emmons Farm with descendants, followed by refreshments outside Woodchuck Knoll. Cost, $7/person. Reservation required. Meet at The Farmhouse at Emmons, 5649 St. Hwy. 7, Oneonta. 607-432-0960 or visit www.oneontahistory.org/upcomingevents.htm

CONCERT – 7 p.m. Hanzolo performs groovy originals, funky covers. Lakefront Park, Cooperstown. Call 607-547-5256 or visit richcooperstown.org/lakefront-concert-series/

HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for MONDAY, JULY 30
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for MONDAY, JULY 30

Open Otsego County Fair

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OPENING – 6:30 p.m. 21st Annual Otsego County Fair Hymn Sing & Special Music at the Grande Building followed by the Agricultural Olympics. Otsego County Fair, Mills St., Morris. 607-263-5289 or visit www.otsegocountyfair.org

BASEBALL – 7 p.m. Support Oneonta Outlaws against Utica Blue Sox. Damaschke Field, 15 James Georgeson Ave., Oneonta. Call 607-432-6326 or visit www.facebook.com/oneontaoutlawsbaseball/

HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for FRIDAY, JULY 27
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for FRIDAY, JULY 27

Kick Off Induction Weekend

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FILM SCREENING – 3:30 p.m. Showing “A Hall for Heroes” narrated by Bob Costas. Depicts founding of Baseball Hall of Fame and first induction in 1939. Bullpen Theater, The Baseball Hall of Fame, Cooperstown. 607-547-7200 or visit baseballhall.org/node/17914?date=0

PLAY BALL – 8 a.m. Ozzie Smith & Hall of Fame Guests host 2-hour fundraiser featuring breakfast in Hall of Fame Plaque Gallery, personalized instruction, chance to turn double plays. All ages welcome, registration required. Baseball Hall of Fame, Cooperstown. 607-547-0397 or visit baseballhall.org/events/PLAYBall-2018?date=0

HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for THURSDAY, JULY 26
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for THURSDAY, JULY 26

Presentation On Hall Of Famers

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ROUNDTABLE – 7 – 8 p.m. Presenting TV personality who hosted “One on One,” author Jane Mitchell discusses Hall of Famers Trevor Hoffman and Alan Trammell, other sports celebrities from Ted Williams to Dick Enberg. Cooperstown Village Library. 607-547-8344 or visit www.facebook.com/VillageLibraryOfCooperstown/

DEBUT – 7:30 p.m. Midwest A Cappella group “No Promises” makes NY Debut/release album. Performance features innovative arrangements, harmonization of jazz, motown, contemporary music. Admission, $10. The Star Theater, The Foundry, 44 Main St., Cherry Valley. 607-264-3080 or visit www.facebook.com/The-Star-Theater-at-The-Foundry-1921514351442514/

HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for WEDNESDAY, JULY 25
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for WEDNESDAY, JULY 25

New York State K-9

Unit Demonstration

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FAMILY PROGRAM – 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. NYS K-9 unit demonstrates care, training of police dogs & how they help fight crime, assist in other duties. Cooperstown Village Library. 607-547-8344 or visit www.facebook.com/VillageLibraryOfCooperstown/

OPEN HOUSE – 5 – 7 p.m. Meet new doctor Lia Briggs M.D., tour doctors office, see renovations, enjoy refreshments, meet new people. Hoffman Family Medicine, 50 Dietz St., Suite M, Oneonta. 607-643-4045 or visit www.facebook.com/HoffmanFamilyMedicine/

HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for MONDAY, JULY 23
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for MONDAY, JULY 23

History Of Brookwood Point

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HISTORY TOUR – 6 p.m. Learn about Brookwood Point from Native American era to the founding of Cooperstown, to present day with Ed Rowley. Brookwood Point, 6000 St. Hwy. 80, Cooperstown. 607-547-2236 or visit otsegolandtrust.org/the-news/programs-a-events/417-brookwood-point-history-and-garden-tours

BASEBALL – 7 p.m. Support the Oneonta Outlaws against Albany Dutchman. Damaschke Field, 15 James Georgeson Ave., Oneonta. Call 607-432-6326 or visit www.facebook.com/oneontaoutlawsbaseball/

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