As soon as the coronavirus threat is safely dispatched, Destination Marketing Corporation of Otsego County plans to launch a new promotion: “On Deck: Your Cooperstown Bucket List Getaway,” aimed at attracting fans from around the region whose lifelong dream is to visit Baseball’s Mecca.
“Not now,” DMCOC Executive Director Cassandra Harrington said Tuesday, March 24. “But when things change.”
DMOC was seeking a positive response to Cooperstown Dreams Park’s posting on its website at 9 p.m. Friday, March 20: Because of the coronavirus threat, “Cooperstown Dreams Park has determined it is necessary to cancel the 2020 season.”
Cooperstown Dreams Park’s decision to cancel the 2020 season was only announced Friday.
Two days before, county Treasurer Allen Ruffles, who chairs the county Emergency Task Force, had called Mike Walter, Dreams Park COO, and received no inkling such an economy-shattering decision was in the making.
It’s not locked in concrete. It’s not too late to turn it around.
Four men may be able to make it happen. Congressman Antonio Delgado, D-19, and state Sen. Jim Seward, R-Milford, should approach Gov. Andrew Cuomo and ask him to intervene with Dreams Park COO Mike Walter to keep the door open to a Dreams Park season this summer.
At noontime today, Maskot’s, across Route 28 from Dream Park’s entrance in Hartwick Seminary, had a full parking lot, and servers, from left, Josie Furnari, Cooperstown, and Ally Baker and Leeza Shultz, both of Oneonta, were greeting customers. That’s because Dreams Park and Cooperstown All-Star Village players and their families are arriving today, in anticipation of Saturday’s 7:30 a.m. opening ceremonies. By summer’s end, some 200,000 will be attracted by the youth baseball parks alone. Inset left, Wood Bat Factory manager Chrissie Bridger adds orange highlights to the store’s sign, among businesspeople on Otsego County’s “baseball strip” adding highlights at the season begins. License plates were spotted from Florida, Virginia, New Hampshire, Ohio and Pennsylvania. (Thomas Rhodes & Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)
On this week’s “Morning Headlines” on WAMC/Northeast Public Radio, Jim Kevlin, editor/ publisher of www.AllOTSEGO.com (and Hometown Oneonta & the Freeman’s Journal), reports Dreams Park and Cooperstown All-Star Village families are falling in love with Otsego County and buying homes they plan to rent, pay off and move here on their retirements. The Mellanas of La Habra, Calif, are a case in point.
HARTWICK – Lewen “Lenny” Ray Webb, 66, of Hartwick, passed away Sunday morning, Jan. 22, 2017, at Bassett Hospital.
Born Aug. 4, 1950, at Chenango Memorial Hospital in Norwich, he was a son of the late Raymond W. and Vera J. (Stratton) Webb.
A graduate of New Berlin Central School, Lenny was drafted into the s Army on May 12, 1970, serving during the Vietnam War. Following his honorable discharge on May 11, 1973, he returned to New Berlin and for a time was employed at the Roostertail Bar and Grill where he met his future wife.
On June 20, 1981, Lenny married the former Colleen A. Morton in Morris.
COOPERSTOWN – The Army Corps of Engineers this morning contacted Brian Clancy, village superintendent of public works, on a tree that has been blocking the Susquehanna River near its source for the past few days.
Clancy said he was advised the Army Corps has no jurisdiction, and said the matter is now being reviewed the state Department of Environmental Conservation’s Stamford office.
The tree toppled last Thursday from the river bank along the 10 Main St. property owned by Lou Presutti Jr., owner of Cooperstown Dreams Park, but neighbor Chip Northrup said he’s been advised the landowner doesn’t intend to remove it.
“I would think it’s the landowner,” he said, when asked who is responsible for removing the tree. However, he said he is not fully apprised off all the laws and regulations governing navigable waterways.
COOPERSTOWN – Neighbor Chip Northrop, 17 River St., has alerted the DEC that a tree on the property of Dreams Park owner Lou Presutti has fallen across the Susquehanna River near its source, blocking the waterway.
In his letter, Northrup says Presutti, who bought the 10 Main St. mansion last summer, is refusing to have the tree removed. The neighbor is asking the DEC to direct Presutti to do so.
The tree is over the water supply intake pipe to the Village of Cooperstown, shown in the lower right corner, according to the letter.
There are two boats that moor down river that are blocked from their moorings. There is one launch and a dozen kayaks and rowing shells that are blocked in the river, the letter said.
“The tree is clearly a navigational hazard at Lake Otsego,” Northrup wrote.