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Downtown Cooperstown

Light Poles Decorated – And Clauses Show Up

CHRISTMAS SEASON ARRIVES

Light Poles Decorated

– And Clauses Show Up

Who showed up at this afternoon’s 4C’s downtown decorating event – when volunteers get all the streetlights ready for Christmas, a decades-long Cooperstown tradition – but Santa and Mrs. Claus.  And Helena Bettancourt, 6, top photo, took advantage of the situation to have her picture taken – by mom Brooke –with the two Jolly Elfs.   Inset right, Matt Grady passes decorations to son Kian, 7, as son Gavin, 11, steadies the ladder.  It’s one of the few in-person events planned this year by the 4C’s Committee (Cooperstown Community Christmas Committee) this season, due to COVID-19, and masks were ubiquitous.  Santa’s Cottage is in place, but the Clauses won’t be occupying it this season; however, there’s a drop of box at the cottages for Letters to Santa.  When filmographer Xander Moffat heard of the Clauses’ visit, he dashed downtown and captured a video that will appear on the 4C’s Facebook page, where he will post such sightings throughout the season.   (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)

Dining Scene Returns To Upstate Downtowns

MEL’S, TOSCANA’S OPEN

Dining Scene Returns

To Upstate Downtowns

Chris Laden of Hartwick, left, and Shayne Mowers of Schenectady actually dined at a restaurant this evening: Mel’s at 22 “at the light” in downtown Cooperstown. Governor Cuomo lifted the ban yesterday to allow outdoor dining in regions that have entered Phase Two of NY Forward, as long as social distancing is followed.  In the background, Mel’s proprietor Brian Wrubleski welcomes guests.  In downtown Cooperstown this evening, tables were also set up outside Toscana’s.  The weather cooperated: Skies were clear and temperatures in the 70s.  (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)
16 Baseball Stores In Cooperstown’s Business District

GETCHA BASEBALL GEAR HERE

16 Baseball Stores

In Cooperstown’s

Business District

Who doesn’t stop at Baseball Nostalgia, right in the Doubleday Field parking lot, first stop for so many visitors. Here, Bruce Andrews, partner with Pete Henrici, chats with, from left, Jake Moreci, Owen, Peyton and Bella Troselair, members of the visiting New Orleans Naturals. (Jim Kevlin/Summer Dreams)

You want baseball gear, you’ve got baseball gear in downtown Cooperstown’s 15 baseball stores.

►Surrounding Doubleday Field Parking Lot:

• Cooperstown Doubleday Field Clubhouse, Doubleday Court, (607) 547-1852. Vintage-style baseball apparel. Owner, Ron Brown.

• Baseball Nostalgia Inc., 4 Doubleday Court. (607) 547-6051. Vintage baseball cards and ephemera. Co-owners, Bruce Andrews and Pete Henrici.

• Cooperstown Factory Store, 103 Main St. (607) 547-5826. Baseball apparel. Owner, Ron Brown.

►Leave Doubleday parking lot, turn left:

• Baseballism Cooperstown, 131 Main St. (607) 282-4270. Baseball-themed apparel. Owner,
Josh Rumenapp.

• Seventh-Inning Stretch, 137 Main St.,  (607) 547-7220, Baseball cards. Owner, Vincent Carfagno

• Cooperstown Bat Company, 118 Main St. Customized, hand-turned baseball bats. Owners, Tim and Connie Haney.

►Leave Doubleday parking lot, turn right:

•  Cooperstown Clubhouse, 106 Main St., (607) 544-1045. Souvenir Apparel. Owner, Todd Howard.

•  Pioneer Sports Cards, 106 Main St., (607) 547-2323. Baseball cards.

•  Safe At Home, 91 Main St., Cooperstown. (607) 547-1317. MLB Souvenirs. Owner, Andrew Vilacky.

•  Cooperstown Classics, 81 Main St., (607) 544-1045. Souvenir apparel, jewelry. Owner, Jenn Howard.

•  Where It All Began Bat Company, 87 Main St. (607) 547-7101. Custom engraved bats and balls. Owner, Bruce Haney.

•  Yastrzemski Sports, 75 Main St, (607) 547-7150. Sports cards and autographs. Owner, Adam
Yastrzemski.

•  Mickey’s Place, 74 Main St. Large selection of baseball caps, including New Era. Owner, Vinnie Russo.

•  Shoeless Joe’s, 70 Main St. (607) 544-1700. Baseball and sports memorabilia.

•  F.R. Woods House-Pro Sports, 61 Main Street. (607) 547-2161. Licensed MLB Team Merchandise.
Owner, the Johannesens

•  Baseball Hall of Fame, 25 Main St. (888) 425-5633, Museum Gift Shop.

 

Bike Rack Under Construction At Pioneer Park, More Planned

Bike Rack Under Construction

At Pioneer Park; More Planned

Scott Foster of the Upstate Companies, Mount Upton, today works on the foundation of a new Pioneer Park bike rack under the watchful eye of Steve Austin, supervising engineer with Barton & Loguidice. (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)

By JIM KEVLIN • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com

Trustee Cindy Falk, Streets Committee chair, last evening examined the progress, which has been held up by the rain.

COOPERSTOWN – Village Trustee Cindy Falk foresees a “pocket oasis in the downtown” when the work now underway in Pioneer Park is done.

Beginning last week, a trench is being dug to create a foundation for a bike rack and bike repair station, and a final plan for the whole park is now being prepared by landscape architect Michael Haas of Delta Engineering, Endwell.

But, as part of the $2 million federal grant to be implemented next year, the final park should include a space for gatherings and performances, a drinking fountain with bottle-filling station, a cobblestone surface and new plantings.

SAVE CHILDREN, 200+ DECLARING

SAVE CHILDREN,

200+ DECLARING

Cooperstown Rally, March Underway

Cooperstown Mayor Ellen Tillapaugh Kuch addresses more than 200 people at a rally a few minutes ago in Pioneer Park to protest the Trump Administration’s “zero tolerance” policy – now in abeyance – to separate children, an estimated 2,000, from parents who cross the southern border illegally.  The protesters at this hour are marching from “the flagpole” in downtown Cooperstown, up Main Street to the county courthouse, and back.  At right, Kathleen Taylor of Cherry Valley joins other protesters contributing diapers for the children in custody.  The rally is part of some 650 planned today around the world as part of a “Families Belong Together” movement.  The centerpiece is a rally at 11 a.m. in Lafayette Park, in front of the White House.  (Jim Kevln/AllOTSEGO.com)

An End, And A Beginning For Cooperstown’s CVS

An End, And A Beginning

For Cooperstown’s CVS

Store clerk Kristin Bridge of Waterville presides during the final minutes of business at CVS’ pharmacy at 100 Main St., downtown Cooperstown. At noon, the downtown CVS closed, the staff can be seen cleaning out the storage room throughout the afternoon and moving final supplies to the new CVS drive-thru pharmacy at Beaver and Chestnut on the south end of the village The new store open at 8 a.m. Sunday. (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)
Vote On Replacement Flagpole May Come Monday, Falk Says
UNDERGROUND WIRES LED TO FELLING

Vote On Replacement Flagpole

May Come Monday, Falk Says

The cars in this vintage postcard suggest a flagpole at Pioneer and Main has been a Cooperstown fixture at least going back to the 1940s.

By JIM KEVLIN • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com

Trustee Falk

COOPERSTOWN – Village Trustee Cindy Falk, Streets Committee chair, said a few minutes ago she hopes to have a motion for a new flagpole at Main and Pioneer ready for approval by the Village Board at its monthly meeting on Monday.

DPW Superintendent Mitch Hotaling is exploring the options and will be making a recommendation, Falk said.  She estimated a new pole alone will cost about $3,000, and wants to make sure there’s a sufficient base to allow better illumination when the flag flies at night.

HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SATURDAY, AUG. 26
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SATURDAY, AUG. 26

On Being Positive

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BE POSITIVE FESTIVAL – 10 a.m.-10 p.m. The first annual festival for all ages. Activities include speakers, volunteer opportunities, workshops, art, music, food, and dancing in locations in Downtown Cooperstown. Call (607)638-5538 or visit www.facebook.com/BePositiveFestival/

DANCE – 7-10 p.m. Everyone is invited to the multi-cultural and multi-generational dance capping off the BePositive Festival with music by local bands. The Farmers Market, Cooperstown. Call (607)638-5538 or visit www.facebook.com/BePositiveFestival/

Truck Hits Power Pole, Knocking Out Power To Downtown, Bassett

Truck Hits Power Pole, Knocking

Out Power To Downtown, Bassett

no_electricity-copyCOOPERSTOWN – Truck hit a power pole at the end of Beaver and Fair Streets this morning, knocking out power to some homes and businesses along Main Street, and resulting in Bassett Hospital converting to generator power for less than two hours.

NYSEG repaired the damaged transformer shortly after 10 a.m. and Bassett quickly restored normal operations, according to hospital spokesman Karen Huxtable.

Photography Class ‘Scavenging’ On Cooperstown’s Main Street

Photography Class ‘Scavenging’

On Cooperstown’s Main Street

In you're in downtown Cooperstown this morning, you may run across Anne Keihm's Visual Arts class from the Otsego Occupational Center, Milford, on a Photography Scavenger Hunt. Looking for photos on the theme of holiday, wet, happy, architecture and more are, front row, from left, Sophia Dimopoulos, Worcester; Selena Sargent, Coopertown, and Jazmine Gutttierrez, Milford. Back row, from left, are Keihm, Jaden McNally, Schenevus, and Danielle Ashe, Milford. (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)
In you’re in downtown Cooperstown this morning, you may run across Ann Kiehm’s Visual Arts class from the Otsego Occupational Center, Milford, on a Photography Scavenger Hunt. Looking for photos on the theme of holiday, wet, happy, architecture and more are, front row, from left, Sophia Dimopoulos, Worcester; Selena Sargent, Coopertown, and Jazmine Guttierrez, Milford. Back row, from left, are Kiehm, Jaden McNally, Schenevus, and Danielle Ashe, Milford. (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)
Ommegang Parent To Partner With Firestone Walker Brewery

Ommegang Parent To Partner

With West Coast Craft Brewer

The Firestone Walker Brewery of Paso Robles, Calif., will "combine" with Duvel Moortgat USA, Brewery Ommegang's parent company.
The Firestone Walker Brewery of Paso Robles, Calif., will “combine” with Duvel Moortgat USA, Brewery Ommegang’s parent company.

COOPERSTOWN – Duvel Moortgat, Brewery Ommegang’s parent company, has added another brewer, Firestone Walker Brewing Co. of Paso Robles, Calif., to its expanding affiliation with quality craft brewers in the U.S.

Simon Thorpe
Simon Thorpe

The deal, announced Thursday, was datelined Paso Robles and Kansas City, Mo., where Duvel last year acquired the Boulevard Brewing Co.

At the time, Ommegang then-president Simon Thorpe, now Duvel Moortgat USA president, said the Boulevard acquisition was part of a plan to acquire a half-dozen quality small brewers in the U.S., similar to what the company has done across Europe.

The California brewery will “combine” with Duvel’s operations, the press release said, but will continue to operate independently in Paso Robles under its current leadership, co-founders David Walker and Adam Firestone.

By Days End, 17 Trees Will Clothe Denuded Downtown Cooperstown

By Day’s End, 17 Trees Will Clothe

Denuded Downtown Cooperstown

Foreman Angie Dosztan from All Season Landscaping, Lowville, helps Corey Ryan, center, and David Hovendon plant an elm in front of the Cooperstown Vets Club a few minutes ago.   (Jim Kevlin/allotsego.com)
Foreman Angie Dosztan from All Seasons Landscaping, Lowville, helps Corey Ryan, center, and David Hovendon plant an elm in front of the Cooperstown Vets Club a few minutes ago. (Jim Kevlin/allotsego.com)
It's Sal Grigoli's birthday, and what a nice surprise to arrive at Sal's Pizzeria this morning and learning a tree will be planted today in front of his store.
It’s Sal Grigoli’s birthday, and what a nice surprise to arrive at Sal’s Pizzeria this morning and learning a tree will be planted today in front of his store.

COOPERSTOWN – At 10:30 today, a crew from All Seasons Landscaping, Lowville, began planting 17 trees – a half-dozen varieties – along Main Street’s north side, bringing the first half of a $2 million sidewalk-replacement project to an end.

All Seasons is a subcontractor of Central Paving, Ilion, which began the job in the spring and plans to complete the southside by next Memorial Day.   The trees are from Schichtel’s Nursery, which operates 21 tree farms in western New York.

Both subcontractors are familiar with Cooperstown conditions, having done jobs for the Clark Foundation and local landscapers.  Last year, All Seasons did a series of plantings at SUNY Oneonta, Wayne White, whose wife Amanda is a partner in the company, said.

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