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Leatherstocking Golf Course

HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO: Bump In The Night Ghost Tour At Farmers’ Museum 10-16-20
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for FRIDAY, OCTOBER 16

Bump In The Night Ghost

Tour At Farmers’ Museum

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GHOST TOURS – 5:30 p.m. Explore historic village by lantern light and learn about the ‘Things That Go Bump In The Night.’ Tours leave at half hour intervals to 8. For social distancing 8 people/tour. Reservation required. Recommended for people aged 10+. Cost, $17/non-member. The Farmers’ Museum, Cooperstown. 607-547-1534 or visit www.farmersmuseum.org

MASON: Step Up, OCCA, BFS, Watershed Commission
LETTER from ANDREW MASON

Step Up, OCCA, BFS,

Watershed Commission

To the Editor:

Michael Whaling’s recent letter in The Freeman’s Journal and Hometown Oneonta, regarding pesticide use by the Leatherstocking Golf Course, was spot on. This is just the time when the course begins its annual dousing of the shores of Otsego Lake with chemicals dangerous to humans and wildlife alike.

The last time the public was able to learn the specific materials and quantities used on the course, it was revealed that the golf course used over 3,300 pounds and 100 gallons of pesticides – many carcinogenic, acutely toxic, and developmental or reproductive toxins.

The golf course has not released its pesticide usage since – is there any wonder why?

The use of these poisons adjacent to a public water supply and recreation area is unconscionable and goes unchallenged by SUNY’s Biological Field Station, the Otsego County Conservation Association, Otsego Lake Watershed Supervisory Committee, and the Village of Cooperstown – all ostensibly concerned with the lake and public health. Clearly these entities are more interested in staying in the good graces of the Clark Foundation, owner of the golf course, than in living up to their responsibilities.

The Leatherstocking course claims to be environmentally responsible.

If that is truly the case, let them tell the people who drink and recreate on Otsego Lake’s waters just what they are spraying
next to it.

ANDREW MASON
Oneonta

WHALING: And by The Way, Pesticides Still Used On Lakeside Links
LETTER from MICHAEL WHALING

And by The Way, Pesticides

Still Used On Lakeside Links

To the Editor:

As spring slowly approaches, golf season will begin and pesticides applied to the Leatherstocking Golf Course on the sloping west shore of Cooperstown’s drinking water source and Susquehanna River headwaters.

While this practice has been previously challenged by this writer and others, the Biological Field Station has been silent. Their only comment was: “Nothing was found” in their testing.
While this is good news, the reality is that when these chemicals do appear, it will be too late. There is also the troubling contradiction that biology is the study of life, and pesticides are designed to kill living organisms.

Common sense should prevail, and the Leatherstocking Golf Course should be be managed organically. Where’s the harm?

MICHAEL WHALING
Cooperstown

HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 20
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 20

Tour Our Urban Forest

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TREES OF COOPERSTOWN – 5:30 p.m. Tour Cooperstown with Otsego County Conservation Association, learn benefits of street trees, threats to urban forests, basics of tree anatomy, identification. Free, open to public. Pre-registration preferred. Meet at Pioneer Park, Main St., Cooperstown. 607-547-4488 or visit occainfo.org/calendar/the-trees-of-cooperstown/

GARDEN CLUB – 6:30 p.m. Public meeting hosts Don Urtz presenting photographs of work done by the club over the years. Free, refreshments provided. Richfield Springs Village Library, 102 W. Main St., Richfield Springs. 315-858-0230 or visit www.facebook.com/Richfield-Springs-Public-Library-1068210423236404/

Autograph Seekers Find Stars On Links

INDUCTION WEEKEND 2017

Autograph Seekers

Find Stars On Links

Fans clamor for autographs from Ivan “Pudge” Rodriguez, who will be inducted Sunday into the Baseball Hall of Fame, as he pauses this morning during a round of golf at The Otesaga’s Leatherstocking Golf Course. Main Street was closed to traffic this morning as an anticipated 35,000 fans descend on Cooperstown. (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)
Leatherstocking Group Team Wins Bassett Golf Tournament

Leatherstocking Group Team

Wins Bassett Golf Tournament

The Leatherstocking Group team – from left, Matt Hazzard, Scott Whiteman, Sean Nelen and Matt Schuermann – won first-place gross at the 20th annual KeyBank Bassett Medical Center Invitational May 30, at The Otesaga’s par-72 Leatherstocking Golf Course.  The tournament raised $100,00 for The Friends of Bassett Annual Fund, to be Baused for initiatives across Bassett’s eight-county service area.
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for FRIDAY, MAY 26
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for FRIDAY, MAY 26

Local Food At The Regatta

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TASTE OF THE REGATTA – 6 p.m. Taste the products of local producers before the canoe regatta. General Clinton Canoe Regatta Park, Bainbridge. Info, cooperstownchamber.org/calendar-of-events/#!event/2017/5/26/2nd-annual-taste-of-regatta

OPENING RECEPTION – 5-7 p.m. Opening “8×10: Recent Paintings by Edward McDaniel, Leatherstocking Brush and Palette Club Fine Arts Exhibition, and the 26th Annual Essential Art Regional Juried Art show. Cooperstown Art Association. Info, www.cooperstownart.com

arry Gallup, 64; Avid Golfer, Retired Electrician

IN MEMORIAM: Larry Gallup, 64;

Avid Golfer, Retired Electrician

FLY CREEK – Larry G. Gallup, 64, an avid golfer and recently retired electrician, passed away Friday, April 21, 2017, at Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester following an extended illness.

A Cooperstown native, Larry was born June 21, 1952, a son of Marge and “Pudge” Gallup.  Raised in Cooperstown, he proudly graduated as one of the Cooperstown “Redskins” in 1970 and recently retired as an electrician.

On Oct. 10, 2003, Larry married Teriann Sammis in Shelby County, Tennessee.  They shared their life and love with chocolate labs named Reno and Hunter in Fly Creek Valley and Titusville, Florida.

Schlather Team Wins Bassett Tourney Again, And $90,000 Raise For Friends

Schlather Team Wins Bassett Tourney

Again, And $90,000 Raised For Friends 

 The team of Cooperstown attorneys Schlather & Birch – from left, Dave Elliot, Rodney Campbell, Joe Spytko and Bob Schlather – won Bassett Hospital’s 19th annual invitational May 31 at The Otesaga’s Leatherstocking Golf Course.  The event raised $90,000 for the Friends of Bassett’s annual fund, the Friends announced today.
The team of Cooperstown attorneys Schlather & Birch – from left, Dave Elliot, Rodney Campbell, Joe Spytko and Bob Schlather – won Bassett Hospital’s 19th annual invitational May 31 at The Otesaga’s Leatherstocking Golf Course.  The event raised $90,000 for the Friends of Bassett’s annual fund, the Friends announced today.
Dad’s Georgetown Pals On Hand To Cheer Ted Trosset At Jr. PGA

Dad’s Georgetown Pals On Hand

To Cheer Ted Trosset At Jr. PGA

Dad Mike Trosset's pals from his Georgetown days are in Cooperstown this weekend to cheer on Mike's son Ted, one of the county's foremost young golfers, who is playing in the New York State Junior PGA Tournament this weekend at The Otesaga's Leatherstocking Golf Course. The Junior PGA, played at Leatherstocking for the past 11 years, continues through Sunday afternoon. From left are Jim Frohnhofer and his wife, Keri Dooley, Derek Sherman, the host, Bob Ennis and John Doyle. (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)
Dad Mike Trosset’s pals from his Georgetown days are in Cooperstown this weekend to cheer on Mike’s son Ted, one of the county’s foremost young golfers, who is playing in the New York State Junior PGA Tournament this weekend at The Otesaga’s Leatherstocking Golf Course. The Junior PGA, played at Leatherstocking for the past 11 years, continues through Sunday afternoon. At the golf course’s 17th hole are, from left, Jim Frohnhofer and his wife, Keri Dooley, Derek Sherman, the host, Bob Ennis and John Doyle. (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)
Wilhelmus Pijnenburg, 78; Superintendent, Leatherstocking Golf Course

IN MEMORIAM: Wilhelmus Pijnenburg, 78;

Superintendent, Leatherstocking Golf Course

 COOPERSTOWN – Wilhelmus “Willy” Pijnenburg, a long-time resident of Cooperstown and retired superintendent of The Leatherstocking Golf Course, passed away Saturday morning, Aug.  2, 2014, at his home on Fair Street, surrounded by his family.  He was 78.

Coleman Hits Hole in One

Bill Coleman’s Thrill Of A Lifetime

Bill Coleman of Pierstown, right, hit his first-ever a hole-in-one at about 11 a.m. yesterday on the ninth hole of The Otesaga's Leatherstocking Golf Course.  Here, Tim Feury of Cooperstown, who was playing with Bill and Bill Glocker, offers congratulations. "We knew he hit a good shot," Glockler recounted, "but we couldn't see it go in the hole because of the ninth green being elevated and it disappeared over a slight rise on the green."  When the trio got to the green, they discovered Coleman's ball in the cup.  It played 158 yards to an elevated green, so it was playing like 165-70," said Glockler. "It was very exciting and his first hole-in-one." (Bill Glockler photo)
Bill Coleman of Pierstown, right, hit his first-ever a hole-in-one at about 11 a.m. yesterday on the ninth hole of The Otesaga’s Leatherstocking Golf Course. Here, Tim Feury of Cooperstown, who was playing with Coleman and Bill Glockler of Middlefield, offers congratulations. “We knew he hit a good shot,” Glockler recounted, “but we couldn’t see it go in the hole because of the ninth green being elevated.  And it disappeared over a slight rise on the green.” When the trio got to the green, they discovered Coleman’s ball in the cup. “It played 158 yards to an elevated green, so it was playing like 165-70,” said Glockler. “It was very exciting and his first hole-in-one.” (Bill Glockler photo)
Cooperstown #8 On Fodor’s List Of Best Small Towns

Cooperstown #8 On Fodor’s List Of Best Small Towns

COOPERSTOWN – Cooperstown, celebrated this spring by “I Love NY” and honored by President Obama’s visit, has another promotional feather in its touristic hat: Fodor’s Travel has just selected it as eighth on a list of ten of “America’s Best Small Towns.”

“Cooperstown isn’t just a destination for sports lovers,” the listing says, “with cultural attractions including the Cooperstown Chamber Music Festival, the annual Glimmerglass Opera season, and the Fenimore Art Museum. Outdoorsy types, meanwhile, can enjoy golfing at Leatherstocking Golf Course, boating on Otsego Lake, and hiking in Glimmerglass State Park. Beer lovers shouldn’t pass up a chance to tour the esteemed Brewery Ommegang.”

Is the slogan, “Believe it or not this is Cooperstown,” finally catching on?

Fodor’s numero uno is Telluride, Colo., “replete with small-town charm that many other major ski areas lack,” and numero diez is Bardtown, Kty., “a stopover in Kentucky bourbon country … where it’s easy to be charmed by the Georgian architecture and local hospitality.”

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