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Thrift, But So Much More

Thrift, But So Much More

Source Of Gucci Bags, Lladro
Figurines, To Reopen In New Site

By JIM KEVLIN • Special to

SQSPCA Executive Director Stacie Haynes, followed by daughter Eleanor, 3, examines progress on the new “New Leash on Life” Thrift Store, which will reopen in late spring or early summer in the new SQSPCA campus. (Jim Kevlin/

Is “thrift shop” the right term?

For instance, Lladro porcelain art figurines, imported from Spain since 1953 for adoring U.S. fans, can bring several hundred dollars, according to Sara Lucas, manager of SQSPCA’s “New Leash On Life” Thrift Shop.

For a relative song, you can pick up almost mint Gucci and Coach handbags – and Jimmy Choo’s, which new can retail for more than $2,000.

And from time to time, knock-out paintings are available and snapped up. But that’s not the whole story.

The thrift shop, which temporarily closed its doors last Friday, April 2, also has everyday clothes, pots, pans, glassware, suitcases, desks … you name it.

Temporarily, for two reasons: One, Lucas will shortly be launching a virtual thrift shop using Facebook Marketplace. Check the SQSPCA’s web site, and keep on shopping.

Two, when the SQSPCA’s new Susquehanna Animal Shelter opens in late spring or early summer on Route 28 at Index, a half-mile north of the current shelter, a larger and more streamlined thrift shop will open in the building next door.

National Pioneer Tours State-Of-Art Shelter

National Pioneer Tours State-Of-Art Shelter


Modern animal shelter pioneer Scott Learned of Design Learned, Norwich, Conn.,examines the drains in the double-cage kennels-to-be at the new Susquehanna Animal Shelter, now under construction on Route 28, Index. Smell control will be a key factor in maintaining a tranquil environment for the would-be adoptees. (Jim Kevlin/

When Stacie Haynes joined the Susquehanna Animal Shelter as executive director in 2015, she discovered one of the dogs had been in its kennel for more than 400 days.
Today, shelter stays are typically 14-21 days, she reports.

Car Hits Pole, Reducing Route 28 To One Lane

Car Hits Pole, Reducing

Route 28 To One Lane

Amid lightning and threatening thunder a few minutes ago, a grey BMW ran into a utility pole on Route 28, Hartwick Seminary, a few minutes ago, reducing traffic to one lane. No details were immediately available. Sheriff’s deputies and firefighters from nearby Town of Hartwick Fire Company #2 were at the scene. ( photo)
Tickled Pig Barbecue  Building Headquarters

Tickled Pig Barbecue 

Building Headquarters

Construction Underway On Route 28

You may have noticed construction underway in Hartwick Seminary across Route 28 from Cooperstown Commons.  It’s the new headquarters of Tickled Pink Barbecue, operated by Chris Doucas, Town of Hartwick.  Son Lucas Doucas, inset right, was at work this afternoon,  along with Lucas LaRusso, who’s helping with the construction.  A Tickled Pink store is planned on the site, featuring smoked cheese and other delicacies.  Started in that pink school bus on the site of nearby Barnyard Swing, the Cooperstown Dreams Park attraction, Tickled Pink is now purveying its barbecue via four buses and three trucks.  Lucas said the hope is to complete the project in a couple of weeks.  (Jim Kevlin /

Joyce S. Jones, 87 Oct. 22, 1932-May 19, 2020


Joyce S. Jones, 87

Oct. 22, 1932-May 19, 2020

Joyce Jones

HARTWICK SEMINARY – Joyce S. Jones, a long-time resident of Hartwick Seminary and a devoted wife, mother and grandmother, passed away with family by her side Tuesday afternoon, May 19, 2020, at Bassett Medical Center in Cooperstown.  She was also an accomplished seamstress and upholsterer, and had a special love for Otsego Lake, often reminding her family, “Aren’t you glad I moved to Cooperstown; there is not a more beautiful place.” She was 87.

Born Oct. 22, 1932, in Ayer, Mass., she was one of four children of David P. and Alice (Moison) Sargent. Raised on the family farm in Groton, Mass., Joyce graduated from Groton High School with the Class of 1950, and then attended the University of Massachusetts Amherst where she earned a bachelor of arts degree in 1954.


Holiday Market In

Heated Green House


ANGEL TREE PROGRAM – Give the Gift of Christmas this holiday season. Adopt a family in need. Visit to learn how.

HOLIDAY MARKET – 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Find holiday gifts from 50+ vendors selling textiles, herbal products, jewelry, wreaths, more in heated greenhouse. Includes food/wine tasting, hot apple cider donuts, pies more. Sunnycrest Orchards, 7869 St. Rt. 10, Sharon Springs. 518-284-2256 or visit

Hartwick Family’s Blueberry Picking Now In 44th Year


Hartwick Family’s

Blueberry Picking

Now In 44th Year

Cooperstown natives Owen and Hailey Decker were back in the county from Clifton Park to pick blueberries at Ingalls farm. (Ian Austin/

By LIBBY CUDMORE • Special to

HARTWICK SEMINARY – David Ingalls knows the cure for whatever might trouble you: “I get a lot of doctors here from Bassett, and I want to tell them they should write prescriptions for people to come and pick blueberries!”

Last year, Mary Oprea of West Oneonta picked 40 pounds of berries at Ingalls Blueberry Hill on Seminary Road, Hartwick Seminary. She’s at it again.

Ingalls owns Ingalls Blueberry Hill on Seminary Road, the only certified organic U-Pick in Otsego County. “That makes all the difference,” he said. “It’s a little more expensive, but that’s what people say they want.”

He father, Rodney, bought a parcel in 1975 that crosses Route 28.  He and David planted blueberries on a 10-acre hillside parcel, a former cow pasture.

“He sent me to Cornell to learn about farming,” the son said. “We weren’t sure if it would pay off, but when we got them planted, people couldn’t wait to come up and pick berries!”

The same purchase included flatland on the east side of Route 28 (now part of Dreams Park), which the father gave to Paul, David’s brother, who grew strawberries there.

13 Dogs Rescued,In Foster Homes,Resting At SSPCA

Haynes, Haddad Back From Beirut

13 Dogs Rescued,

In Foster Homes,

Resting At SSPCA

Just arrived from a Beirut rescue, Bethoven affectionately licks foster dad Ian Laschell’s face a few minutes ago, as he and wife Wendy prepare to take their new pet home to Oneonta from the Susquehanna SPCA shelter in Hartwick Seminary. They are truly doing a wonderful thing, and it’s something that so many dogs apprecaite. Not many of these dogs have the love and attention that they need. Most have been abandoned and don’t know what a family home actually is. The Laschells can offer them this, they can take them home, give them lots of attention, let them enjoy things like this dog lavender oil plus so much more! The Laschells had rescued seven dogs from Hurricane Katrina; the last died last year. SSPCA Executive Director Stacie Haynes and Licensed Vet Tech Sara Haddad, in photo at right, and the 13 dogs they rescued were picked up by shelter volunteers in three vans at JFK Airport in New York City this evening, arriving back at the shelter shortly before 9:30. As a half-dozen foster families waited, the dogs were checked, fed, walked and held in cages until they could be processed. Haynes and Haddad’s final adventure, a collaboration with Animals Lebanon, came in Qatar en route home, when they were separated from the animals and confined briefly while authorities checked the canines’ papers. (Jim Kevlin/



Let’s Give Back To Ensure SPCA Keeps Serving Us

Editorial for November 23, 2018


Let’s Give Back To Ensure SPCA Keeps Serving Us

When the Susquehanna SPCA learned last February it had won $500,000 from Governor Cuomo’s Companion Animal Capital Fund, Executive Director Stacie Haynes sought bids to upgrade the aging shelter in Hartwick Seminary.
To a person, all of the prospective contractors said: Don’t spend a half-million on this building, Haynes related the other day in an interview leading up to the
announcement in this week’s edition of “Shelter Us,” a $2 million capital campaign to build a brand new animal shelter.
A tour the other day brought the insurmountable challenges of the compound at 4841 Route 28 into focus.
One, there’s not enough room. But, two, the particle-board walls and semi-porous concrete floors are simply impossible to keep clean. All the scrubbing by staff and volunteers can’t remove the stains, mold and smell. In effect, the complex is generally worn out.
It’s time for a change.

This year, the shelter proved its worth – if there was ever any doubt:
• On Friday the 13th of April, shelter volunteers were called to a nightmarish scene at a farm near Garrattsville to oversee the emergency relocation of 103 starving and neglected animals – donkeys, pigs, chickens, ducks, Pyrenees, even a parakeet.
• On Wednesday, May 16, Fox Hospital discovered 19 kittens in a plastic bag in a restroom, abandoned. Haynes’ assistance, Becca Daly of Oneonta, took over the care of the 5-day-old cats, and the SPCA found foster homes for the other 14.
• On Tuesday, Oct. 2, sheriff’s deputies rescued 53 tiny Lhasa Apsos packed in a Milford home, and dropped them off for medical care at the shelter. Within a week, the animals had been put on the path to health and adoption.
• Just 20 days later, on Monday, Oct. 22, a shelter team retrieved four pigs left in a shed at the far end of a dirt road in Laurens.
All this is done by a modest professional staff, assisted by more than 100 volunteers, people like Arlene Nygren of Goodyear Lake, young Bob Wood (not the supervisor) of Oneonta, Cat Chicorelli of Cherry Valley, Betty Steele of Hartwick, and many more – our neighbors, contributing selflessly to Otsego County’s greater good.

This requires a substantial budget, a little over $600,000 this year. About $100,000 comes from foundations, but the rest through revenues from a well-run thrift shop, fund-raising programs and donations.
A tiny part of this money – about $7,500 a year – comes from individual contracts with 18 towns to take care of animals seized by dog-control officers. While deputies and state troopers drop off animals as necessary, no operating funds come from county and state coffers.
For almost 100 years now, the Susquehanna SPCA has been largely a volunteer effort, funded by people who care. In the difficult decade our nation has gone through, here’s an example of good citizenship that shines bright.

Now, we all have the opportunity to get involved, through “Shelter Us.”
The $2 million campaign is off to a good start with the $500,000 grant, and another $180,000 donated through the “quiet phase” of the campaign. Now, the public is being invited to give, to ensure a quality future for an organization that has proved its worth to the Otsego County community at large.
The beauty of “Shelter Us” is there’s an opportunity and a need for everyone to contribute according to our means. The important thing is to make this one-time contribution now.
The original plan was to launch the campaign in the new year, but an opportunity has arisen: Anita Vitullo of the Utica area, founder of Staffworks, which has an Oneonta office, has offered to match a dollar for every dollar donated in December, up to $10,000, to “Shelter Us.”
So double your money – and the shelter’s – by donating during the month of December.
The Susquehanna SPCA has been serving the community for 100 years. Now’s the time to build a foundation for the second hundred years for an institution that’s not only essential, but widely revered.





Firefighter Derek West, in top photo, pours water on the remains of 4703 Route 28, Hartwick Seminary, from atop a Milford Volunteer Fire Department engine, assisted by his dad Damon and Wade Thayer.  Hartwick #2 Fire Chief David Bryant, the officer in charge at the scene, walks by the apparatus.  The fire was reported at 3:30 a.m. today, and more than a half-dozen departments responded, Bryant said.  Seven people were living in the home; no one is injured, and the Red Cross assisted the family, not yet officially identified, to find temporary lodging, he said.   The home, earlier photo inset, located directly across Route 28 from NBT Bank’s Cooperstown Commons’ office, was a total ruin.  In addition to Hartwick #2 and Milford, responding departments included Hartwick #1 from the hamlet, Cooperstown, Fly Creek and Mount Vision.  Schuyler Lake sent a pumper to assist.  Bryant, who estimated 60 firefighters were at the scene at the peak, said this fire is the worst his department has dealt with since the Milford United Methodist Church burned on March 12, 2016.   (Jim Kevlin/


Exhibit By Watercolor Society,

Art Assocaitions Luck Of The Draw


RECEPTION – 5 – 7 p.m. Opening exhibit by Central New York Watercolor Society and Luck of the Draw exhibit, buy tickets, enter to win artwork, final drawing 10/21. Cooperstown Art Association. 607-547-9777 or visit

RELEASE PARTY – 7 p.m. Celebrate first ever issue of The Green Zine, a collection of art & writing from local artists published by The Green Toad Book Store. Grab a copy, eat, drink, celebrate. Roots Brewing Company, 175 Main St., Oneonta. 607-433-8898 or visit

Betty P. Ingalls, 95; Worked In Family’s Printing Business

IN MEMORIAM:  Betty P. Ingalls, 95;

Worked In Family’s Printing Business

COOPERSTOWN – Betty P. Ingalls, 95, passed away Wednesday morning, July 25, 2018, at her home in the Cooper Lane Apartments in Cooperstown with her son and daughter-in-law at her side.

She was born Dec. 20, 1922, in Binghamton, a daughter of Walter F. and Beatrice (Marvin) Niles. After graduating from high school, she attended Wheaton College,  where she received a bachelor’s degree. She then attended the SUNY Oneonta,  where she became certified as a teacher.




Help ‘Rehome’ Them, Director Pleads

Here are two of the pigs seized by deputies early today and now being house at the Susquehanna Animal Shelter. (Photos courtesy SAS)
A rescued donkey’s hoof was deformed by lack of care.

HARTWICK SEMINARY – The Susquehanna Animal Shelter assisted county sheriff’s deputies early this morning in an animal cruelty investigation, and now is helping “re-home” more than 90 farm animals, shelter Director Stacie Haynes reported a few minutes ago.

The shelter on Route 28 in Hartwick Seminary also took over the housing and caring of eight dogs and one cat.

If you are interested in rescuing a farm animal, please call the shelter up until 7 p.m. today at 547-8111.

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