COOPERSTOWN – The Inn at Cooperstown, Ursula and Chuck Hage, and Brian Barlow and Chris Law took the top three $1,000 prizes in this year’s Clark Foundation Cooperstown Beautification Contest, foundation President Jane Forbes Clark announced Tuesday, Sept. 16.
“Over 60 years ago, my grandmother, Susan Vanderpoel Clark, founded the Cooperstown Beautification Contest to recognize the tremendous time and effort so many of our residents take to make our village look welcoming and beautiful,” said Miss Clark.
This year’s winners are:
►CATEGORY I: Most Attractive Floral Display in a Business Setting.
• First Place, Inn at Cooperstown, Marc and Sherrie Kingsley, 16 Chestnut St. Judge’s comments: “The Inn at Cooperstown demonstrated tactful elegance with an appropriate use of overflowing planters and hanging baskets which provided real charm.”
• Second Place, White House Inn, Ed and Marjorie Landers, 46 Chestnut St.
• Third Place, Tin Bin Alley, Michael and Lori Fink, 114 Main St.
• Honorable mention: Don Olin Realty, Margaret Savoie, 37 Chestnut St.; Scoreboard Classics, Patrick Baynes and Susan LeBlanc, 43 Pioneer St.; Doubleday Café, Tim Searles and Barbara Bolinger, 93 Main St.
►CATEGORY II: Most Effective Overall Planting Which Enhances a Residential Property, As Seen From the Street.
• First Place, the Hages, 73 Pioneer St. Judge’s comments: “Their use of annuals really works in harmony with cottage style landscape display.”
• Second Place, Maureen and Matthew Schermann, 71 Pioneer St.
• Third Place, Carol Taylor, 1 Westridge Road.
• Honorable mention: Penney Gentile, 20 Nelson Ave.; Meg and Martin Tillapaugh, 24 Pioneer St., and Judith and Peter Henrici, 92 Pioneer St.
►CATEGORY III: Most Appropriate Residential or Business Window Box or Boxes and/or Hanging Basket or Baskets
• First Place, Brian Barlow and Chris Law, 103 Pioneer St. Judge’s comments: “When you have three hanging baskets like this you really don’t need anything else!”
• Second Place, Darby and Darlene Connor, 27 Eagle St.
• Third Place, Kate and Bruce Johnson, 15 Pine Boulevard.
• Honorable mention: Ivy and Ed Bischoff, 46 Delaware St.; SEFCU, 169 Main St., Torrence Dutcher, 42 Delaware St.
COOPERSTOWN – The Clark Foundation’s annual Beautification Contest has awarded first-place prizes to Pioneer Patio for businesses; the Monzon-O’Mara household, 108 Pioneer St., for homes, and the Inn at Cooperstown for best window box/hanging basket.
Clark Foundation President Jane Forbes Clark’s grandmother, Susan Vanderpoel Clark, founded the annual contest more than 60 years ago “to recognize the tremendous time and effort so many of our residents take to make our village look welcoming and beautiful,” the granddaughter said. “She would be so happy that this wonderful tradition continues to make our Village even more special.”
Marc Kingsley, owner of the Inn at Cooperstown, knows that bicycling with a group is even more fun than taking to the trails alone. “Steven Smith and I got involved with cycling on his Paceline Sports team,” he said. “And we saw we were sharing a lot of the same riders as the Central New York Cyclist Club.”
The team started in 2005, formed to compete in regional races, including starting Brewery Ommegang’s Drops To Hops in 2011. CNYC was formed by Peter Martin in 2000 and hosts the Check Your Legs and Butternut Valley races.
And now, the two clubs will merge. “We’ll add the Paceline elite team as a racing component, as well as to help mentor newer racers about training and race etiquette,” he said. “Having people around who’ve done it before is a big help.”
“The club really attracts younger riders,” said Smith. “We would love to see more junior riders get into the sport, so the club can really be a feeder system to the team.”
The merger is a local piece of the rise in cycling throughout the country. “It started with Lance Armstrong, and even though he’s not everyone’s favorite person right now, it really opened people’s eyes to cycling,” said Kingsley. “It’s good, low-impact exercise, and it’s so much fun.”
Earlier this year, Otsego County added Bike Otsego, a 75-mile round-trip bike ride from Oneonta to Cooperstown, to its roster of rides. “There’s so many great trails and places to ride,” he said. “It’s becoming more accessible to riders. People aren’t so scared to get on the road.”
Kingsley’s own Bike Clubhouse at the Inn has made it a hot spot for cyclists from outside the area. “We get a lot of tour groups, and we had four couples come in for Drops to Hops,” he said. “We’re very bike-friendly.”
In the spring, Kingsley is hoping the club will host non-competitive group rides. “Part of merging the clubs is we want more group outreach,” he said. “We want to get people of all skill levels involved.
“This is just the tip of the iceberg,” he added. “There’s lots of exciting things coming down.”