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Hartwick fire

Teen Drowns In Canadarago Lake

Teen Drowns In

Canadarago Lake

Kayak Sinks During Sudden Storm

RICHFIELD SPRINGS – A Jordanville teen drowned in Canadarago Lake after his kayak capsized during last night’s storm.

According to State Police, Dustin Groat, 19, Jordanville, was with another teenager when they got into their kayaks at the Canadarago Lake Boat Launch at approximately 7:30 p.m. and paddled to Deowongo Island.

COOPERSTOWN BAT FACILITY IN FLAMES

COOPERSTOWN BAT

FACILITY IN FLAMES

Victoria Claudy of Hartwick was at the scene at the end of Poplar Street in Hartwick hamlet this evening as flames consumed the former mill there. “This is a piece of Hartwick’s history going down in flames,” she reported.  “I was able to get very close to the fire to capture these photos.”  The building was still burning as the sun went down. The lower right photo shows the corner of the building where a neighbor first reported seeing flames.

By LIBBY CUDMORE & JIM KEVLIN • Special to AllOTSEGO.com

HARTWICK – A long-vacant sawmill in this hamlet that Cooperstown Bat Co. reopened just a couple of weeks ago to manufacture billets for baseball bats was destroyed this evening in a smokey blaze.

Fire departments from Hartwick, Hartwick Seminary, Cooperstown, Milford, Fly Creek, Mount Vision, Laurens and Edmeston responded to a 6:20 p.m. call and were still pouring water on the structure at the end of Popular Street as the sun went down two hours later.

By then, flames were no longer evident, but billows of smoke were coming out from under the eaves of the low-slung red building, about 50 yards long.

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