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Siracusa Marks 30 Years At Fenimore Art Museum

Siracusa Marks 30 Years

At Fenimore Art Museum

O’Thuse, 5 Others Honored For Longevity

Joseph Siracusa, vice president/operations was honored for 30 years’ service to The Fenimore Art Museum; Museum teacher William O’Thuse for 15 years and five others for 10 years: Mary O’Brien, security & safety guard; Sarah Wilcox, development data analyst & grants manager; Martin McLean, groundskeeper, and James Smith, custodian. In photo, standing, from left, are McLean, O’Brien, Jane Forbes Clark, Wilcox, President/CEO Paul D’Ambrosio, Senior Director of HR/Accounting Barbara Fischer, and Director of Education John Ferguson. Seated, from left, are O’Thuse and Siracusa. Not in attendance: James Smith, custodian. (Milo V. Stewart Jr. photo)
Ground Broken, And $2M Raised, For New Shelter


Ground Broken,

And $2M Raised,

For New Shelter

With Success, ‘Shelter Us’ Finds $3M

Will Be Needed, And Sets New Target

Turning golden shovels at today’s noontime groundbreaking on the new Susquehanna SPCA animal shelter on Route 28 at Index are, from left, “Shelter Us” committee member Anne Laing, benefactress Ann Vitullo, benefactress Jane Forbes Clark, “Shelter Us” campaign chair Gaylord Dillingham and shelter Executive Director Stacie Hayes. Behind them, from left, are volunteer Sue Leonard, and board members Peter Gould, Kathy Clarkson and Corey Moffat. (Jim Kevlin/

By JIM KEVLIN • Special to

Better Exchange Thrift Store Manager Sara Lucas sets up panels showing artist’s renderings of the prospective animal shelter, on view for the first time today.

INDEX – There was plenty of good news, high spirits and benefactors aplenty at today’s groundbreaking on the new Susquehanna SPCA shelter on Route 28.  Plus a new goal to strive for.

First, it was announced the $250,000 matching grant from Staffworks President Anita Vitullo has been met, contributing $500,000 total to the $2 million original goal.

Second, it was announced the $2 million goal has been met, but also that an expanding vision has required a new goal — $3 million – with four years to meet the new target.

“We’re here to do it once and to do it right,” Susquehanna SPCA Executive Director Stacie Haynes declared in announcing the new goal to an upbeat and applauding crowd.

Mayor Details Advance Of Cooperstown’s Parks


Mayor Details Advance

Of Cooperstown’s Parks

The feud between James Fenimore Cooper and Cooperstown over citizens’ unauthorized use of what today is the Three Mile Point village park went on four decades after the writer’s death in 1851, until Samuel Shaw, half-century editor/proprietor of The Freeman’s Journal, bought it from a Cooper heir in the 1890s and turn it over to the village.  Mayor Ellen Tillapaugh Kuch recounted that controversy in discussing the history of the village’s four lakeside parks – Three Mile, plus Lakefront,  Council Rock and Fairy Spring (no “s”) – at yesterday’s annual meeting of the Otsego Lake Association at Fairy Spring.  The Lake Association named Jane Forbes Clark, inset, as its Lake Citizen of the Year, an honor accepted on her behalf by Bob Sutherland, Mohican Farm manager.  In her lecture, Tillapaugh recounted how a feud between Clark’s grandfather, Stephen C. Clark, and his brother, Robert Sterling Clark, caused the latter to sell all his local holding in the 1930s and leave town; the Lakefront Park property went to Otsego County, and the village then bought it from the county for $15,000 with a gift from Robert Clark for that purpose.  She also detailed more recent history, and how a park master plan in the 1990s open the door for grants to create today’s Three Mile Point; Rotary Club donations were also key to the effort.  Jim Howarth and David Sanford continue as OLA co-presidents. (Jim Kevlin/

Helfer, Stark and Idelson Honored At HOF Awards


Jeff Idelson Honored, With

Spink, Frick Prize Winners

Outgoing Hall of Fame President Jeff Idelson, left; Jayson Stark, recipient of the J.G. Taylor Spink Award, and Idelson’s successor, Tim Mead, wave from the stage at the conclusion of the ninth annual Hall Of Fame Awards presentation at Doubleday Field this afternoon.  Between Stark and Mead is Mariano Rivera, the Yankee star pitcher, one of six players being inducted tomorrow. Idelson, who is seen embracing Jane Forbes Clark, at right, was honored for his 25 years of service at the Baseball Hall of Fame, the past 11 as president. Stark, who was inducted alongside Al Helfer, who posthumously received the Ford C. Frick Award, was all smiles as he addressed the crowd. “I always wanted to be a baseball writer. How many people get to be what they dreamed of being? To be elected by you is as cool as it gets. All I ever wanted since I was a kid was to be one of you.” (Ian Austin/

Stars Abound At HOF Classic At Doubleday Field


MLB Stars Abound 

At Doubleday Field

Jeff Idelson, Baseball Hall of Fame president, left, and Hall board Chairman Jane Forbes Clark, right, stand with members of 30 Major League Baseball teams who made up the roster for the 2019 Hall Of Fame Classic game at Doubleday Field this afternoon in Cooperstown. Despite some sprinkles, professional ballplayers gave their fans a great game as well as T-shirt give-aways, children’s competitions, as well as signing autographs and memorabilia. At right, Maria Noto, Cooperstown, backed by the Cooperstown Sign Language club, sings the National Anthem at the beginning of the afternoon’s game. (Ian Austin/

EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: With Hall of Fame’s new President Tim Mead


Teamwork: A Way

Of Life Tim Mead’s

Now Bringing Here

L.A. Angels Communications/VP

To Succeed Idelson After Induction

Tim Mead, L.A. Angels vice president/communications, answers local press’ questions Tuesday after he was named Baseball Hall of Fame president. (Photo courtesy Orange County Register)

By JIM KEVLIN • Exclusive

COOPERSTOWN – Tim Mead, who will become the seventh president of the National Baseball Hall of Fame following this year’s Induction on July 21, has been a team player in the front office at the Los Angeles Angels for four decades.

But for the Angels’ vice president/communications, team playing didn’t start there.

When young Tim was a sophomore at San Gorgonio High School in San Bernadino, he tried out for the Spartans varsity baseball team.  He tried out again when he was a junior.

When he was a senior, he made the cut, but just barely.  The team was waiting for a player to finish the basketball season, and when he did, Mead and another player were bumped.

He was standing out in the rain when he got the news, he remembers.

‘Team Fetterman’ Welcomes Judge

‘Team Fetterman’

Welcomes Judge

Lamberts Become 1st Father-Son Pair

In Cooperstown’s Most Honored Ranks

Other members of “Team Fetterman” joined the latest honoree, county Judge John Lambert, after today’s luncheon at The Otesaga. Front row, from left, are Mark Rathbun, Jack Vineyard, Pat Hazzard, Frank Miosek, Lambert, Bobby Hall, Ted Kantorowski, Brenda Wedderspoon-Gray, Dave Adsit, Brenda Jaeger and Bruce Andrews.  Second row, from left, Mike Perrino, Ed Hazzard, Bud Lippitt, Dave Bliss, Sharkey Nagelschmidt, Bob Snyder and Ted Spencer.  (Jim Kevlin/

By JIM KEVLIN • Special to

John Lambert and Jane Forbes Clark pose for photographs today after she presented him with the Fetterman Award.

COOPERSTOWN – It was a lesson in the right attitude.

County Judge John Lambert, honored as the latest recipient of the Clark Sports Center’s Fetterman Award today at an Otesaga luncheon, was able to relate a first-hand story about Patrick Fetterman, a fabled director of the Clark Gym.

It was at a Biddy Basketball Tournament in St. Johnsville more than three decades ago.  Lambert was in sixth grade; Fetterman was coaching, when one of the Cooperstown players made everyone’s concern explicit:  “They’re cheating with the clock,” he said.

Pioneer Patio, Inn At Coop Claim Beautification Prizes

Pioneer Patio, Inn At Coop

Claim Beautification Prizes

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.”

17 Millionth Fan Enters Into Hall

17 Millionth Fan

Enters Into Hall

Sergio Arias of Lompoc, Calif., smiles with surprise a few minutes ago as Hall of Fame Chairman Jane Forbes Clark advises him he is the 17 millionth fan to pass through the turnstile at 25 Main St. At right, Arias, wife Amber, and children Gabi, 11, Noah, 9, and Aubrey, 6 pose with Miss Clark for the official portrait. She then presented the honoree with a lifetime Hall of Fame membership and other gifts. Arias – he is a Yankee fan; his son a Dodger fan – is visiting Cooperstown for the first time.  The Hall has been open since 1939; lately, a million fans visit Baseball’s Mecca every three years.   (Jim Kevlin/

Grandstand Theater Grand Re-Opening On Eve of Classic Game

Restored, Grandstand Theater

Re-Opening On Eve of Classic

The newly renovated Grandstand Theater will open on Friday, May 25, ahead of the Hall of Fame Classic game.
Jane Forbes Clark spoke to a packed house at the Grandstand Theater during a talk in January 2016. (Ian Austin/

COOPERSTOWN – With new surround sound, a state-of-the-art projector and a brand-new film, the Baseball Hall of Fame’s Grandstand Theater is set for re-opening this weekend as part of the museum’s annual Classic Weekend.

“Baseball fans come to the Hall of Fame looking for that ‘wow’ moment, and the new “Generations of the Game” introductory film, shown in the beautifully renovated and state-of-the-art Grandstand Theater, sets the stage and delivers an emotional foundation for a memorable Museum experience,” said Jeff Idelson,  Hall of Fame president.

$8M Scriven Grant Aims To Upgrade Patient Care

$8M Scriven Grant Aims

To Upgrade Patient Care

Bassett To Buy Instruments, Equipment, More

COOPERSTOWN – Bassett Hospital today announced it has received an $8 million grant from the Scriven Foundation to upgrade patient-care equipment.

The money will buy surgical instruments, patient-monitoring and patient exam tables, among other purchases including lab equipment which may include centrifuge technology to ensure the center is state of the art. It doesn’t just stop with centrifuge technology, there is plenty of other things that a lab will need in order to conduct their research.

Depending on what their research is, will depend on the sort of lab equipment that they need. For example, if they are worried that their biggest issue would be things like cross-contamination, then they need to consider getting things like a pipette tip to help stop that from happening. If this is something which you think you need, then you can check out this page here about selecting the right pipette tip for your pipette.

Too Many Baseball Stores, Jane Forbes Clark Suggests

Too Many Baseball Stores,

Jane Forbes Clark Suggests

Let’s Work Together To Revive Downtown,
Cooperstown’s Benefactress Tells Chamber

Jane Forbes Clark told Cooperstown Chamber of Commerce members this morning that the village’s downtown, which lost the CVS and Cooperstown General Store in recent months, is at a crossroads, and she adopted the chamber’s 2018 of “togetherness” as a way toward a solution.  The Hall of Fame chairman said store rents – as high as $7,000 a month – are “too high” to achieve mixed retail offerings, and that there are too many baseball stores.  While suggesting no specific solutions, she detailed the hundreds of thousands of visitors Clark entities – The Hall, The Fenimore and The Otesaga among them – attract to Cooperstown annually, potential customers for downtown establishments that can figure out how to bring them in the doors.  (Parker Fish/

Fetterman Honorees Welcome Bud Lippitt

Fetterman Honorees

Welcome Bud Lippitt

Cooperstown Elementary phys-ed teacher Bud Lippitt, in right photo, receives the 24th Fetterman Award for service to youth from Clark Foundation President Jane Forbes Clark at today’s luncheon in his honor at The Otesaga.  In accepting the honor, Lippitt said, “I’ve never had a bad day – I always look forward to coming to work.”  In top photo, the honoree poses with wife Nicole, daughters Marley, left, and Emmy, and son Tommy.   About 50 attended the luncheon, including many past honorees.   The award is sponsored by the foundation and the Clark Sports Center.  (Parker Fish/


Ice Dance Headliners Wow Fenimore Gala

Ice Dance Headliners

Wow Fenimore Gala

Performers from Ice Dance International AJ Reiss, Carly Donowick and Brad Vigorito (skating on artificial Glice), electrified the annual Fenimore Art Museum gala-goers last evening at the Glimmerglen Estate on Otsego Lake; watching behind the skaters, top photo, at right, is Patricia Kennedy, Springbrook president. Attendees included state Sen. Jim Seward, R-Milford, and wife Cindy, lower left, posing with Olympian Dorothy Hammill. At right, hostess Jane Forbes Clark chats with guests; in the foreground is Tom McReynolds, Franklin, the retired Oneonta investment counselor and nationally syndicated business columnist. (Leah McDonald/




Clark Sports Center Re-opens, Bigger & Better Than Ever!

Clark Sports Center Re-opens,

Bigger & Better Than Ever!

Before the doors even opened this morning, people were gathering outside the doors of the Clark in anticipation of the grand re-opening of the sports complex which had spent the two years undergoing extensive renovations.  Above, Gunter Weldon, Cooperstown, gets a leg up from Adventure Staff member Steph Talaia-Murray on the rock-climbing wall during the grand re-opening of the Clark Sports Center this morning. Right:  Staff member Peg Wilson, Dr. Rodman Carter and wife Imogene congratulate board chair Jane Forbes Clark on the state-of-the-art sports center. (Ian Austin/

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