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Flag-Waving Couple Prompts Smiles From Passing Drivers

Flag-Waving Couple Prompts

Smiles From Passing Drivers

To cheer up passersby, Jarron Baysinger Jr. and wife Betty, of Oak River Trailer Park, parked themselves alongside Route 28 in Hartwick Seminary and spent the afternoon waving the Stars & Stripes as car went by.  The idea, Jarron said, was to honor healthcare workers, deputies and firemen who are tackling the coronavirus threat with the  American can-do spirit.  (Jim Kevlin/
Susquehanna SPCA Rescues Dogs, Cats – And Bees, Too


Susquehanna SPCA Rescues

Dogs, Cats – And Bees, Too

If you happened to drive along Route 28 past the Susquehanna SPCA this afternoon, you may have noticed what looked like an invasion of moon men.  Actually, it was the 4H Homesteaders of Hartwick Seminary, intent on retrieving a swarm of bees that invaded the walls of the animal shelter, then recreating the hive at the nearby home of Leatherstocking Bee Co., whose owners, Tammy Van Buren-Duke and Luke Denbleyker, also advise the 4H club, many of whose members are part of Tammy and Luke’s blended family.  Getting ready for the operation are, top photo, from left, Tanner Griffin, 13, Noah Denbleyker, 10, Tiffany Pagillo, 16, and Hannah Denbleyker, 13.  Inset, Luke examines the hive for the queen bee; if the queen could be found and put in the portable hive, the rest of the swarm would follow her.  4-Hers and their advisers were all impressed by the way bees work together.  “They all coordinate to help the hive,” Tammy said.  (Jim Kevlin/

Paul L. Ingalls, 71; Farmer, Decorated Veteran, Minister

IN MEMORIAM: Paul L. Ingalls, 71;

Farmer, Decorated Veteran, Minister

Paul I. Ingalls

HARTWICK SEMINARY – Paul L. Ingalls, a farmer, decorated Vietnam veteran and Christian minister, died unexpectedly Sunday night, May 19, 2019, at Bassett Hospital. He was 71.

Paul was a descendant of the first Ingalls who came to the new world in 1628 and settled in Lynn, Mass. A seventh-generation farmer, he was born July 6, 1947, at Bassett Hospital, a son of Rodney Howard Ingalls and Virginia Mary McGraw Ingalls.

Paul graduated from Cooperstown High School, Class of 1966.

SSPCA Plans Pop-Up Cat Cafe To Mark National Adopt Month

SSPCA Plans Pop-Up Cat Cafe

To Mark National Adopt Month

HARTWICK SEMINARY – Features Coffee, Beginning tomorrow, the Susquehanna SPCA is planning a pop-up Cat Café from 10 a.m. to noon at the Shelter, 841 Route 28, in connection with national Adopt a Shelter Cat Month, featurings cats, coffee and croissants.  A $10 donation is suggested.

The Cat Cafés will be on each Saturday in June, as this is typically the time of year when shelters overflow with kittens.

New Cooper’s Barn Serving Ice Cream, Shakes, Hotdogs

New Cooper’s Barn Serving

Ice Cream, Shakes, Hotdogs

Proprietor Trish Rost, top photo,  center, is joined by members of her team, Lauren Koffer, left, and Keiko Shieber, in front of the new Cooper’s Barn, which opened Friday on Route 28 in Hartwick Seminary, serving ice cream, milk shakes, hotdogs and more.  Trish is partnering with Bob Snyder, Cooperstown, in the venture.  The barn-red paint  replaces the tan you may remember on Penguin Ice Cream, which the Hitt family operated for 14 years.  Inset left, Dakota Hitt, granddaughter of the former owners, tries out the new offerings this morning; with her is mom Crystal.   Try it out before the Dreams Park crowds arrive Friday.  (Jim Kevlin/

Planning Board Approves Hampton Inn At Hartwick

Planning Board Approves

Hampton Inn In Hartwick

Cooperstown Will Reportedly Provide Ladder Truck
The is the prototype of the Hampton Inn & Suites that Skyline Hospitality is planning in Hartwick Seminary.

HARTWICK – Concluding firefighters’ concerns had been sufficiently met, the Hartwick Town Planning last night approved a four-story Hampton Inn & Suites in Hartwick Seminary.

Co-chairs Greg Korth and Alex Thomas, and board member Meg Kennedy, unanimously approved the project.

According to the meeting minutes, Cooperstown Fire Chief Jim Tallman said his department would respond to any fires at the site under its mutual aid agreement with Hartwick fire departments.

New Bat Company Rising On Hartwick Seminary Site

New Bat Company Rising

On Hartwick Seminary Site

The timber frame building rising in the past few days on Route 28, Hartwick Seminary, will house a bat company being launched by Matt Kent’s Leatherstocking Timber & Stone in Oneonta. Jim Bridger Construction (he is in the backhoe) and his crew – at left, Lonnie Schneider, Brett Sisson and Jake Jorgensen – have been preparing the site for the past couple of weeks, and began construction in earnest this week. The new building is located between Redneck Barbecue and The Shack. ( photo)
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