FLY CREEK—The Fly Creek Cider Mill & Orchard has been named among the “Best of the Best” by the American Bus Association. The historic mill is featured in the November-December issue of ABA’s official magazine, “Destinations.”
ABA is the oldest, largest and one of the most trusted motorcoach and group tour associations in the American travel industry. Its annual “Best of the Best” list draws attention to industry members who continuously go above and beyond for group tours and the motorcoach industry as a whole.
This Saturday, October 15, Fly Creek Cider Mill & Orchard officials will dedicate their new millpond pavilion with a ribbon-cutting ceremony.
The pavilion completes the millpond boardwalk project begun in 2005 and allows for a continuous promenade. The new pavilion will showcase a revolving exhibit from the mill’s collection of agricultural and milling apparatus along with antique engines.
“We are so excited to finally complete this project, which will enable more access to the millpond while providing improved access for people with disabilities. Dan and Glen from Dan Evans Construction did a fine job!” said mill owner Bill Michaels.
Representative Antonio Delgado traveled to Fly Creek last week to meet with Fly Creek Cider Mill owner Bill Michaels, touring the facility and discussing the challenges confronting small businesses in Otsego County.
While the pair discussed topics ranging from President Biden’s bipartisan infrastructure package and supply chain concerns, Rep. Delgado and Mr. Michaels spoke at length about hiring concerns and how the federal government’sH-2B visa program helps keep the Cider Mill humming.
It’s a complicated process: H-2B allows domestic employers to hire a certain number of non-immigrant workers on a seasonal basis, contracted for eight to nine months, and after the United States Department of Labor issues a certificate of need. Work has to be open first to any and all United States citizens and, if a citizen accepts the seasonal contract, the number of available H-2B positions decreases accordingly. Among the list of requirements: Domestic employers must pay the prevailing wage for the open position, as well as provide housing and transportation for all workers.
“We have never had any United States citizens apply for these positions,” Mr. Michaels said.
Larissa Ryan Business Manager The Fly Creek Cider Mill
You love flowers blooming and you’ve had a blooming onion, now get ready for a blooming apple.
This delicious treat is one of the many snacks to be had at the Fly Creek Cider Mill and it is a great way to curb your hunger with a healthy treat. It’s an apple cut into slices in a bowl with warm caramel, nuts and a cherry. A tasty treat for before or after you walk around the mill, pick out something from the shop (it’s huge!) visit and feed the geese, or try out the many games available for the children.
The Fly Creek Cider Mill,
288 Goose St., Fly Creek
Tara Barnwell Publisher Cooperstown Diner
If you blink while driving down Main Street Cooperstown, you may miss The Cooperstown Diner! The diner is a quaint, tiny, fantastic gem!
You must start with the mac ’n cheese triangles. These perfectly fried little triangles of cheese are delicious. They also have the biggest burgers I have ever been served!
Get the platter with curly fries and you won’t eat for days after. The tuna melts are grilled to perfection and go well with huge fried onion rings.
Did I mention they serve breakfast all day long?
I can’t find anything not to love about the diner, make it part of your Cooperstown experience.
136½ Main St.
The Fly Creek Cider Mill announced it will reopen Saturday, Aug. 14.
The mill, which dates back to 1856, and has been owned by the Michaels family for two generations, closed at the beginning of the year because of the toll of the coronavirus pandemic.
The mill made the announcement on its website this week. The post read:
“We are delighted to announce the reopening of the Fly Creek Cider Mill & Orchard on August 14, 2021. During the winter closure, we have re-structured so that the Michaels Family will retain ownership. We thank our visitors, fans, neighbors and Flavorful Rewards members for their patience and understanding during this difficult time. Most importantly our long-standing partnership with Farm Credit East enables this re-opening – the mill’s 165th year!
FLY CREEK – The historic Fly Creek Cider Mill announced via social media that it will reopen later this year.
In a message from owner Bill Michaels, which was shared on the Facebook page Celebrate Cooperstown, the mill announced it will reopen after a business reorganization and with help from Farm Credit East.
The Michaels family has owned the mill for two generations of its 164 year history, but closed in January, after the coronavirus pandemic slowed sales to a halt in early 2021.
Fly Creek’s favorite tourist attraction is seeking new owners.
The Fly Creek Cider Mill, which dates back to 1856 and has been owned by the Michaels family for two generations, closed in January. Co-owner Bill Michaels said at the time that the coronavirus pandemic had hurt sales to the point where it was no longer cost effective to remain open.
“We’ve survived floods. We’ve survived hurricanes, tropical storms, the 2002 recession, the 2009 recession,” Michaels told Iron String Press in January. “We just couldn’t survive the pandemic.”
FLY CREEK – Dean Clarke, 37, a two-year employee at the Fly Creek Cider Mill, was welcomed into the heavenly kingdom on Friday, March 19 at the University of Rochester Medical Center in Rochester, New York after a valiant battle with HTLV-1 Lymphoma.
Dean was born Aug. 19, 1984, at Sixth Street in Kingston, Jamaica, to Marcia Henry and Devon Clarke. Together with his brother Jermaine they he grew up in a combined family of seven.
Thirteen years ago he fell in love with Kamesha Haynes and together they created a loving family including a son Odarie and Kamesha’s daughter, Saskia, whom he loved as his own.
“I learned a lot going through the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses program,” said the Fly Creek Cider Mill & Orchard president. “One of them was knowing your numbers. I spent a lot of time looking at them throughout the pandemic.”
In 2020, “our customer visitation was down all year. Then, after the holidays, it just stopped, to the point it was not sustainable.” said Michaels, whose family announced Wednesday, Jan. 20, they would close the regional tourist attraction, perhaps forever.
The historic Fly Creek Cider Mill, operated as a tourist attraction by the Michaels family for more than 50 years, will close at the end of the month, the family announced today. It appears the closing is the result of the COVID Year. “As the recovery from the pandemic progresses, we will reassess our position,” said the announcement. The cider mill, founded in the mid 19th century, pressed apples until the 1950s. After Charlie and Barbara Michaels, in top photo at right, bought the property in 1962, they replanted the orchard, began pressing their own cider again, and over time developed the property into a regional attraction. Their son, Bill, left, and his wife Brenda have operated it in recent years.
COOPERSTOWN – Delores (Dee) Bachanas Burnett, a native of Cooperstown who, with husband, Bill, owned the downtown Western Auto store, died Sunday night, Oct. 4, 2020, at Mountainside Residential Care Center in Margaretville. She was 92.
Born May 14, 1928, at Bassett Hospital, Dee was one of five children of Edmund J. and Harriet (Cross) Bachanas. Dee grew up in Fly Creek, attending the three-room Fly Creek School from kindergarten through the eighth grade. She then attended Cooperstown High School, graduating with the Class of 1946.
5K/10K RACE – 10:30 a.m. Virtual Cider Run 5K/10K race to benefit the Susquehanna SPCA by Fly Creek Cider Mill. Registration extended through May, 2. Cost, $25/adult, $15/child. Call 607-547-9692 or visit sqspca.org/8th-annual-cider-run/
PIT RUN – 10:45 a.m. Run or walk 6.2 miles through scenic Oneonta, passing through SUNY Oneonta campus, ending at Neahwa Park. Also includes 5k race, 2 mile stroll, or kids fun run. In memory of Ricky J. “Pit” Parisian NYS Police Investigator killed in Line of Duty. Start at Main Street Bridge, Oneonta. 607-432-8068 or visit pitrun.org
SCI-FI & HORROR – 11 a.m. Day 2 of the strange and horrific festival. Features authors, vendors, speakers, activities, more. Cost, $6/person for day pass. Foothills Performing Arts Center, Oneonta. Visit www.facebook.com/SciFiHorroFest/