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Doubleday Field parking lot

Final Touches Underway On Doubleday Parking Lot

Final Touches Underway

On Doubleday Parking Lot

Under the watchful eye of The Sandlot Kid, inset, crews from Ocuto Blacktop & Paving, Rome, are laying blacktop on through Friday on the reconfigured Doubleday Field Parking Lot, the largest paving job in the Village of Cooperstown (perhaps since the reconstruction of the Clark Sports Center, and perhaps much longer).  The paving is one of the final steps in $5-million-plus repairs on the venerable grandstand, which marked its 81st birthday this month; Doubleday Field itself will make its 100th anniversary as a ballpark this coming Sept. 6.  Mayor Ellen Tillapaugh Kuch expects the final grandstand painting, brick paving of sidewalks and other final steps to be complete by the middle of June.  (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)

Cheerful Crowd Warms To Cooptoberfest Beat

Cheerful Crowd Warms

To Cooptoberfest’s Beat

To the beat of Oneonta’s Roundhouse Rockers (Mark Spaziani on lead guitar), the fifth annual Cooptoberfest beer-tasting crowd is warming up at this hour under the tent in the Doubleday Field parking lot. From 5 p.m. on, a $45 ticket opens the door to an evening of beer tasting, courtesy of micro-breweries from around the region. At right, with President Doug Campbell and Innovation Manager Justin Forsythe manning the table, Brewery Ommegang – the event’s prime sponsor – is ready for what’s in store.  New this year is Eat Drink Cooperstown, local food vendors.   (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)

Perfect Day For Spring Fling – And There’s More Tomorrow

Perfect Day For Spring Fling

– And There’s More Tomorrow

What a perfect day – blue skies and temperatures 70-ish – for Cooperstown Rotary’s expanded Spring Fling? The Cronin family from Albany – twins Emilie and Gavin, 3, dad Ed, sister Avalynn, 5, and mom Lauren (granddaughter of Cooperstown’s Sally Tarr) – were among the hundreds of Fling-goers who browsed among the 60 vendors or partook of the various food stalls. Sunday, there’s a live auction at 1 p.m. (preview at 11 a.m.) in the Cooperstown Farmers Market building. Plus Sunday dinner, 4-7, featuring stuffed baked potatoes, and a sundown Ecumenical service at 7:30 p.m. in Lakefront Park. (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSESGO.com)
Spring Fling! Begins At Doubleday Field

Spring Fling! Begins

At Doubleday Field

Cooperstown Mayor (and Rotarian) Jeff Katz cuts the ribbon a few minutes ago at the entrance to the Doubleday Field Parking Lot, signaling the beginning of the club’s Spring Fling, expanded this year into a two-day event. Some 60 vendors are selling goodies, crafts and specialty items through 5 p.m., with entertainment on the hour, beginning right now with the Z Man in the entertainment tent. Tomorrow, a live auction begins at 1 p.m. in the Cooperstown Farmers’ Market building. (Preview begins at 11). A Sunday dinner, featuring stuffed baked potatoes, is 4-7 in the Doubleday lot, followed by an ecumenical sunset prayer service at 7:30 p.m in Lakefront Park. Rotarians in photo, from left, are Bob Birch, Pat Szarpa, Bill Glockler, Tom Lieber, Georgia Whitney, Spring Fling chairs Jim Howarth and Karen Katz, and Barbara Ann Heegan.  (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)
Railroad Avenue, Doubleday Lot Focus Of Village CFAs This Year

Railroad Avenue, Doubleday Lot

CFAs Prepared By Otsego Now

Otsego Now President/CEO Sandy Mathes, front right, and the Cooperstown Village Board discuss which CFAs to pursue this year. The comprehensive funding applications, Governor Cuomo's process for distribution $1/2 billion annual to Upstate regions are due by the end of the month; the winners are usually announced in December. Discussion focused on improvements to Railroad Avenue and the Doubleday Field parking lot. Others attendess, clockwise from Mathes, are Village Trustees Cindy Falk and Ellen Tillapaugh Kuch, Mayor Jeff Katz, Village Clerk Teri Barown, and Village Trustees Bruce Maxson, Lou Allstadt and James Dean.
Otsego Now President/CEO Sandy Mathes, front right, and the Cooperstown Village Board discuss which CFAs to pursue this year. The comprehensive funding applications, Governor Cuomo’s process for distributing $1/2 billion annual to Upstate regions, are due by the end of the month; the winners are usually announced in December. Discussion focused on improvements to Railroad Avenue and the Doubleday Field parking lot, the Otsego Now is preparing CFAs on the village’s behalf on both. Others attendees, clockwise from Mathes, are Trustees Cindy Falk and Ellen Tillapaugh Kuch, Mayor Jeff Katz, Village Clerk Teri Barown, and Trustees Bruce Maxson, Lou Allstadt and James Dean.   Mathes is scheduled to have a similar meeting at 7 p.m. Tuesday with Oneonta Common Council.   (Sam Aldridge/AllOTSEGO.com)
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