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Quarantine Lifted, Removing Obstacle To Tourist Season

Quarantine Lifted,

Removing Obstacle

To Tourist Season

By JIM KEVLIN • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com

COOPERSTOWN – One of the hurdles to ensuring a successful season for Dreams Park and All Star Village this season is being lifted, Governor Cuomo announced yesterday.

Starting April 1, a three-day quarantine for domestic travel to New York State will no longer be required. (Mandatory quarantine will remain for international travelers.)

Dreams Park is seeking state Health Department approval to open the season June 1, according to the organization’s local attorney, Gar Gozigian.

THIS WEEK — February 25, 2021
Dreams Park Seeks OK For 2021 Opening

Dreams Park Seeks

OK For 2021 Opening

With Tests, Reduced Capacity, NY State Asked For Go-Ahead

Cooperstown Dreams Park will be submitting plans to the state Department of Health to allow it to field a 2021 youth-baseball season at its Hartwick Seminary campus this summer, it announced today.

The plan asks the DOH to take “into consideration camp testing and reduced capacity,” according to the statement from Attorney Garo Gozigian, the company’s local lawyer.

Dreams Park said it is awaiting “clarification and direction from DOH and Governor Cuomo.

For the 2021 season, the park would be closed to the general public.

“Our plan will require that all camp participants and registered family members provide proof of negative testing or inoculation in accordance with New York State guidelines,” the statement said.

The statement said “the plan to expand the season at reduced capacity is in the best interest, safety, health and wellbeing of Cooperstown and the surrounding community.”

CORONAVIRUS HALTS DREAMS PARK 2020

CORONAVIRUS HALTS

DREAMS PARK 2020

Merchants, Restaurants, Rental Firms

Brace For The Summer That May Not Be

Mickey’s Place proprietor Vinnie Russo, dean of Cooperstown’s downtown mercants, believes Dreams Park’s cancellation of the 2020 will cause a 2/3rd dip in sales in June, and 1/3rd in each in July and August. (AllOTSEGO.com/2016 file photo)

By JIM KEVLIN • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com

Cassandra Harrington, executive director, Destination Marketing of Otsego Otsego County, is working on a promotion: “On Deck: Your Cooperstown Bucket List Getaway,” to roll out when the coronavirus threat passes. (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)

COOPERSTOWN – Let’s start with some good news.

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.”

The impact on the local economy was immediate.

Make The Call. Avert Disaster

AllOTSEGO.com EDITORIAL

Make The Call.

Avert Disaster

Please, Congressman, Senator, Convince

Governor To Approach Dreams Park Owner

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.

Baseball Camps Open Tomorrow

FAMILIES ARRIVE TODAY

Baseball Camps

Open Tomorrow

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)

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On WAMC’s ‘Morning Headlines’, Editor Says Baseball Families Buying Local Homes

On WAMC’s ‘Morning Headlines’, Editor

Says Baseball Families Buying Local Homes

P.J. Mellana of La Habra, Calif, takes a selfie of wife Kari and kids Cooper, 7, P.J., 14, and Reagan, 11 at the Milford home they bought last fall.

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.

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Jack Vunk, 70  Edmeston; Security Supervisor At Dreams Park

IN MEMORIAM: Jack Vunk, 70  Edmeston;

Recently, Security Supervisor At Dreams Park

EDMESTON – John F. “Jack” Vunk, 70, Dreams Park security supervisor in recent years, passed away Wednesday Sept. 5, 2018, in Rochester, surrounded by his loving family.

Jack was born on Aug. 16, 1948, in Oneonta, the son of the late Donald F. and Kathryn Burns Vunk.  Raised in Edmeston, he was a graduate of Edmeston Central School.

Lenny Webb, 66; Worked At Otesaga, Dreams Park

IN MEMORIAM: Lenny Webb, 66;

Worked At Otesaga, Dreams Park

Lenny Webb

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.

Dreams Park Umps Raise Funds To Help Cooperstown Food Bank

Dreams Park Umps Raise Funds

To Help Cooperstown Food Bank

Dreams Park umps who delivered the $150 to Brewery Ommegang today were, from left, Josh Williamson, Broomfield, Colo.; Erik Tycken, Littleton, Colo.; Mike Tycksen, Littleton, Colo.; Greg Holstine, Littleton, Colo.; Steven Verbridge, Canadaigua; and Wallie Weld, Englewood, Colo.
Dreams Park umps who delivered the $150 to Brewery Ommegang today were, from left, Josh Williamson, Broomfield, Colo.; Erik Tycken, Littleton, Colo.; Mike Tycksen, Littleton, Colo.; Greg Holstine, Littleton, Colo.; Steven Verbridge, Canadaigua; and Wallie Weld, Englewood, Colo.

HARTWICK SEMINARY – Greg Holstine, a Cooperstown Dreams Park umpire, convinced Brewery Ommegang to match amounts raised from fellow umpires to benefit the Cooperstown Food Bank.

Today, Holstine showed up at the Town of Middlefield brewery with the first $150, Ommegang spokesperson Allison Capozza reports.

One of the other umpires, who is scheduled to be at the Dreams Park for the entire summer, has offered to keep this going every week for the whole season, said Capozza.

“I think this is a wonderful thing for these visitors to do for our community,” she said.

Neighbors Collaborate To Remove Tree Trunk, Reopen Susquehanna

Neighbors Collaborate To Remove

Tree Trunk, Reopen Susquehanna

The Susquehanna River just south of its source in Otsego Lake is clear again after neighbors, including Dreams Park owner Lou Presutti Jr., participated in removing a tree trunk that had fallen from Presutti's property a week ago  In photo, from left, neighbors Josh Howard, Chip Northrup and Lang Keith removed the trunk to the Thompson Inflection Point.  Firewood available for the asking at 15 River St.  At first, Presutti obtained counsel, and neighbors feared there would be some obstacle to reopening navigation.
The Susquehanna River just south of its source in Otsego Lake is clear again after neighbors, including Dreams Park owner Lou Presutti Jr., participated this morning in removing a tree trunk that had fallen from Presutti’s property a week ago. In photo, from left, neighbors Josh Howard, Chip Northrup and Lang Keith remove the trunk to the Thompson Inflection Point. Firewood is available for the asking at 15 River St. At first, Presutti obtained counsel, and neighbors feared there would be some obstacle to reopening navigation.
Who Should Remove Tree In DEC’s Hands

Who Should Remove Tree In DEC’s Hands

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.

Dreams Park Owner’s Tree Falls Across Susquehanna

Dreams Park Owner’s Tree

Falls Across Susquehanna

A tree has fallen from Lou Presutti's property on the left bank of the Susquehanna, blocking traffic on the river since Wednesday.
A tree has fallen from Lou Presutti’s property on the right side in this photo of the Susquehanna near its source at Otsego Lake, blocking traffic on the river since Wednesday.

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.

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