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HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SATURDAY, SEPT. 23
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SATURDAY, SEPT. 23

Country Blues Concert

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CONCERT SERIES – 7:30 p.m. Presenting Jerron“Blind Boy” Paxton the most sensational newcomer to blues. First Presbyterian Church, 25 Church St., Cooperstown. Call (607) 547-8401 or visit cooperstownconcertseries.org/jerron-blind-boy-paxton-92317-at-cooperstown-first-presbyterian-church/

ENVIRONMENT – 6 p.m. Wildlife Pathologist Ward Stone presents a talk on environmental stewardship and activism. Begins with a potluck, followed by the talk, ending with Q&A. The Star Theater, Old Village hall, 44 Main St., Cherry Valley. Call (607)264-3099 or visit www.eventbrite.com/e/wildlife-pathologist-ward-stone-talk-tickets-37473656716?aff=es2

Festival Of Cats Locates New Homes For Strays
NEW IDEA AT ANIMAL SHELTER

Festival Of Cats Locates

New Homes For Strays

Ari Ajakh, left, and Lily Vilacky, top photo, both of Cooperstown, are a little leery of the kittens available at Saturday afternoon’s Festival of Cats at the Susquehanna Animal Shelter in Hartwick Seminary. Because this is the kitten time of year, the shelter was overloaded, and Executive Director Stacie Haynes came up with the idea of waiving the adoption fee to find as many homes as possible for the strays. Hot dogs and other goodies added to the attraction. At right, the Fauths of Oneonta – mom Kristin and daughter Juliana – are tempted to take a kitten home, as Charlotte DeGarmo of Jefferson looks on. The shelter serves all Otsego County. (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)

Dreams Park Opens For Season

PLAY BALL!

Cooperstown Dreams Park Opens For Season

The flags were flying and parents and fans cheering at opening ceremonies as Cooperstown Dreams Park’s 2017 season got underway this afternoon under a cloudless sky. Over the next 13 weeks, what’s become the prime engine of Cooperstown’s summer economy will bring 60,000 players and their families here. (Tara Barnwell/AlOTSEGO.com)
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SATURDAY, MAY 13
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SATURDAY, MAY 13

Meet The Veterans Club

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OPEN HOUSE – Noon-3 p.m. Talk to representatives of The American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars, The Ladies Axiliaries, Amvets, Sons of the the American Legion, and others. Cooperstown Veterans Club, 60 Main St., Cooperstown.

GARDEN PARTY – 1-4 p.m. Treat Mom to a garden party that includes tea and treats on the veranda, a maypole and live music for dancing, activities, and a first look at a new exhibit by the Cooperstown Graduate Program. Free, all welcome. Hyde Hall, 267 Glimmerglass State Park Rd., Springfield. Info, hydehall.org/event/celebrate-mom-garden-party/ or call (607) 547-5098

HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for FRIDAY, MAY 12
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for FRIDAY, MAY 12

CCS Art & Music Night

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K-12 ART & MUSIC NIGHT – 5-7 p.m. An exhibit of the art by Cooperstown students. The library will also be open with a craft program for children and a preview of the Library’s Summer Program. Cooperstown Art Association. Info, www.cooperstownart.com

EXHIBIT RECEPTION – 5-7 p.m. Opening the Lake Exhibit by the Cooperstown Graduate Program. Free and open to the public. Hyde Hall, 267 Glimmerglass State Park Road, Cooperstown. Info, hydehall.org/events-2/

Shelter Tending 36 Rescued Cats

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Shelter Tending

36 Rescued Cats

These two cats, in a cage on a feces-covered floor in a West Oneonta home, were among 36 rescued last Thursday and Friday now being tended at the Susquehanna Animal Shelter in Hartwick Seminary. Today, Shelter Director Stacie Haynes wrote an $1,800 check for medications alone for the animals, most of whom are facing at least respiratory problems. The West Oneonta Volunteer Fire Department conducted a drive over the weekend for supplies to tend the cats, but the shelter issued a call for emergency donations to help meet the crisis. Donations may be made via PayPal, or checks may be sent to SAS, 4841 NY-28, Cooperstown, NY 13326.
These two cats, in a cage on a feces-covered floor in a West Oneonta home, were among 36 rescued last Thursday and Friday now being tended at the Susquehanna Animal Shelter in Hartwick Seminary. Today, Shelter Director Stacie Haynes wrote an $1,800 check for medications alone for the animals, most of whom are facing at least respiratory problems. The West Oneonta Volunteer Fire Department conducted a drive over the weekend for supplies to tend the cats, but the shelter issued a call for emergency donations to help meet the crisis. Donations may be made via PayPal, or checks may be sent to SAS, 4841 NY-28, Cooperstown, NY 13326.
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Poll Results Waterpark

Poll Results

Here are the poll results for our question, “Do you support the plan for a waterpark in Hartwick Seminary? Yes or no?”

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Proposed Waterpark Scale Won’t Be ‘Overwhelming’
JEFF HYMAN AT COOPERSTOWN FUN PARK

Proposed Waterpark Scale

Won’t Be ‘Overwhelming’ 

Jeff Hyman, right, of Hyman Hemispheric, the prospective development of a waterpark, walks the Cooperstown Fun Park property with its current owner, Bob Hickey. (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)
Jeff Hyman, right, of Hyman Hemispheric, the prospective developer of a waterpark in Hartwick Seminary, walks the Cooperstown Fun Park property with its current owner, Bob Hickey. (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)

Developer, Visiting Prospective Site,

Says Market Study Guarantees Success

By JIM KEVLIN • for www.AllOTSEGO.com

The entrance to today's Fun Park. The site has three other points of "ingress and egress," the developer said.
The entrance to today’s Fun Park. The site has three other points of “ingress and egress,” the developer said.

COOPERSTOWN – It’s going to be big, but not as big as the maximum build-out in the Hotel & Leisure Advisors market study.

Jeff Hyman
Jeff Hyman

H&LA’s report, released on Wednesday, estimated a year-’round waterpark development planned in Hartwick Seminary could fill 400 rooms.   Jeff Hyman is planning 200 rooms, the principal of Hyman Hemispheric, the development firm, said in an interview and on-site tour this afternoon.

H&LA concluded the market can support an 80,000-square-foot indoor waterpark.  For now, Hyman is planning 30,000-35,000 square feet, about the size of Six Flag’s operation near Lake George.  (Because of Dreams Park’s seasonal demand, another 5-8 acres of water park is planned outdoors.)

So the H&LA estimated $1 billion of economic impact on the county over the next 10 years, and $16 million in annual taxes, will be somewhat less.  But Hyman estimates the impact will be greater than the proportionate size, since the initial development will be more profitable than the potential build out.

Enhanced Habitat For Migrating Birds Near Completion In Hartwick Seminary

Enhanced Habitat For Migrating Birds

Near Completion In Hartwick Seminary

As a backhoe digs a pond in the background, state Sen. Jim Seward (blue shirt) and Bob Hickey, Cooperstown Fun Park proprietor, discuss an enhancement to wildlife habitat underway.  (Jim Kevlin/allotsego.com)
As a backhoe digs a pond in the background, state Sen. Jim Seward (blue shirt) and Bob Hickey, left,  Cooperstown Fun Park proprietor, discuss an enhancement to wildlife habitat underway. (Jim Kevlin/allotsego.com)

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Jeanine Harter, a soil conservation technician in the USDA's Phoenix Mills office, details the wildlife enhancement plan for Fun Park owner Bob Hickey, center, and Senator Seward.
Jeanine Harter, a soil conservation technician in the USDA’s Phoenix Mills office, details the wildlife enhancement plan for Fun Park owner Bob Hickey, center, and Senator Seward.

HARTWICK SEMINARY – State Sen. Jim Seward, R-Milford, hosted a press briefing behind the Cooperstown Fun Park here this morning to draw attention to a 14-pond wildlife enhancement project now underway.

The project was initiated by Fun Park owner Bob Hickey and his father, also Bob, who passed away in June, on 20 acres of former farmland between Route 28 and the Susquehanna River.

The project is a collaboration between the Hickeys, the USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service’s Phoenix Mills office and the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, the Upper Susquehanna Coalition and Ducks Unlimited.

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