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C’town Trustees Ban Smoking, Vaping on Main Street Sidewalks

C’town Trustees Ban Smoking,
Vaping on Main Street Sidewalks

By Caspar Ewig
Smoking and vaping on Cooperstown’s Main Street business district were banned by the Board of Trustees at a meeting on Monday. (Tara Barnwell/

In a lightly attended Cooperstown Board of Trustees meeting on Monday, October 24, the trustees voted to ban smoking cigarettes and vaping for all tourists and visitors, as well as local residents, while walking on the sidewalks of the business district of Cooperstown’s Main Street.

The 7:30 p.m. public hearing was set to address an amendment to Chapter 233-3 A of the Village Code. The Proposed Local Law 8 of 2022 under consideration reads as follows, with the suggested amendments italicized:

“The following areas owned by the Village are hereby designated as smoke- and vape-free zones: Village Hall and adjoining land at 22 Main Street; Doubleday Field, the Doubleday Field grandstand, bleachers, and other spectator and player areas; sidewalks and adjacent public property on Main Street between Fair Street and Pine Boulevard: and Council Rock, Lakefront Park, Pioneer Park, Badger Park, Three Mile Point Park and Fairy Spring.”

Coop Vendors, Officials: 2022 a ‘Good Year’

Coop Vendors, Officials:
2022 a ‘Good Year’

By Caspar Ewig
Cooperstown Patrolman Brad Ross prepares the parking meters for winter. (Caspar Ewig/

Now that the parking meters have received their winter covers, it is time to assess the results of summer 2022 in Cooperstown.

The meters, which spring into function on Memorial Day and fall into disuse on Columbus Day, as well as the trolley ridership from the parking lots that surround Cooperstown, represent a good barometer of the town’s commercial health. Using that yardstick as a guide, this summer has proved to be a good exit from the pandemic doldrums.

Based on the parking income, Deputy Mayor Cindy Falk was quite encouraged that Cooperstown had bounced back.

“In a good year, we expect gross parking income to reach $450,000. This year we collected $300,000 from the meters and $59,000 from the parking app,” Falk said.

EDITORIAL: Looks Like We Made It


Looks Like We Made It

Labor Day. The end of an exceptional summer in Cooperstown. Dare we say exceptional? Yes we can, despite the ominous glooms of COVID and recent blooms of algae.

Our Main Street businesses are still here. They may not have had their best summer, and they may still be sadly short-handed, but they are proudly displaying their wares and energetically inviting shoppers into their establishments. The Hall of Fame reopened its doors for Induction Weekend, welcoming pre-COVID crowds for a celebratory salute to the national pastime. Baseball fans swarmed the streets, and the Village was clean within hours. Doubleday Field is refurbished and Dreams Park is back. Our Village is alive.

Cooperstown’s Smithy looks at 1937

Cooperstown gallery exhibit reveals Otsego County during the Great Depression

The third floor of The Smithy Gallery & Clay Studio doubles this summer as a time tunnel back to the era of the Great Depression with the magnificent exhibition American Ideals: Picturing Otsego County in 1937, on display through September 3 at 55 Pioneer Street in Cooperstown.

It’s a project that began in 2016 when Dr. Cynthia Falk and students from the Cooperstown Graduate Program, Lynds Jones, Kim McCleary, Kimberly Rose, and Alex Sniffen, researched pictures from September 1937, when the federal Farm Security Administration sent young photographer Arthur Rothstein to Otsego County to document the construction of a new lumber mill under construction in Phoenix Mills. Mr. Rothstein was at the beginning of a decades-long career as a photojournalist – one best remembered, perhaps, for his stirring images of the Dust Bowl – but it’s his work from a brief stay in Otsego County that make up the images now on display at The Smithy.

“This is 1937 Otsego County,” Dr. Falk said. “The Farm Security Administration sent Arthur Rothstein up here to document the Phoenix Mills project that many saw as the thing that would save farmers in Otsego County during the Great Depression. Hops were not doing so well and there were a lot of people in need.”

Cooperstown Comes out to Celebrate Boys Soccer Team

Cooperstown Comes out to
Celebrate Boys Soccer Team

Main Street was the place to be this evening a little around 4 p.m. as the Cooperstown community celebrated the Cooperstown Boys Varsity Soccer team. Cooperstown, Fly Creek, fire department and emergency squads as well as the county Sheriff were all represented in the parade carrying the boys on a circuit down Chestnut St., Main Street, and River Street.

Braving the chilly weather and a delay caused by an afternoon thunderstorm to play in the NYS final 4, the boys nevertheless met a staunch opponen in the Alexander Hamilton boys soccer team and were defeated 4-0.

Staff Picks: July 1, 2021

Staff Picks

Delicious salad, ice cream at the
Guernsey, locally sourced food

Larissa Ryan
Business Manager
Upstate Bar & Grill
Conveniently located just outside of Cooperstown on State Route 28, the Upstate Bar & Grill is an excellent restaurant offering American-style dining.
It’s also a great place to catch a sports game on the televisions throughout the restaurant and bar area.
The food offerings include steak, salmon and everything in between.
I recently ordered the Cobb salad and enjoyed its toppings of bacon, corn, egg, avocado and honey mustard. The egg, corn and bacon made for a rich blend of flavor and texture that I will definitely be ordering again.

Upstate Bar & Grill
5418 State Route 28

Tara Barnwell
Golden Guernsey Ice Cream
The Golden Guernsey in Oneonta is so much summertime fun!
Like eating dessert first, here you have to start with the fries! They are fried to golden perfection. Get them loaded with bacon and cheese sauce.
I tried a hotdog that I’d never had before, the Texas hot, with raw onions, homemade Texas chili and mustard. Great combination!
The ice cream selection is about the best around. They have the best hard ice cream that has bits of coconut in it, but my favorite is still the brownie with vanilla ice cream, then smothered in hot fudge sauce. You can’t go wrong with that!

Golden Guernsey Ice Cream
15 Main Street, Oneonta

Greg Klein
Richfield Springs Community Food Cooperative
I wanted to wait until after his primary election was over to say I got to visit the Richfield Springs Community Food Cooperative and I am so impressed with what Dan Sullivan had put together.
Sullivan moved Upstate to buy a farm decades ago and Otsego County has been better for it ever since. His venture at 140 Main Street in one of the quaintest parts of the village, is a storefront for local foods and a showcase for local farmers. You can get pretty much anything grown locally, at the RSCFC. I remember marveling at the shelf of locally grown spices, thinking I have to come back with a proper list. You can get proteins, dairy, fresh fruits and vegetables and lots of jams and local honey.
There’s prepared food, too, with specials based on the season. Watching the RSCFC Facebook page, I sometimes wish I was closer at lunchtime! Plus there are t-shirts and artwork for sale, along with books from local authors or about local history.
As I said, the Richfield Springs Community Food Cooperative really blew me away and I wish every small town had something so special. If you love locally sourced food and are  anywhere near the northern part of the county, you should make the trip to Richfield Springs and stop in at the food cooperative.

Richfield Springs Community Food Cooperative
140 Main Street,
Richfield Springs

Kevin Limiti
Danny’s Market
I keep eating the “oh, yeah”
from Danny’s on Main Street in Cooperstown and I continue to love it. It’s a roast beef sandwich with cheese, sautéed peppers and onions, with an awesome garlic pesto dressing. This sandwich is top quality. I’m not someone that usually likes peppers but it meshes really well with their sandwich overall. They also have great Reubens.
Danny’s overall is just one of the best delis I’ve been to. Highly recommended.

Danny’s Market
92 Main Street,

Kathleen Peters
Graphic Designer
Red Shed Brewery
Red Shed Brewery in the town of Middlefield is a New York State Farm Brewery, meaning they use at least 60% beer ingredients and hops grown in the state.
The food truck, just outside the bar, makes all the food onsite, also using local ingredients.
One of the best parts of eating here is that you can sit inside if the weather is uncooperative. They also have a large outdoor beer garden with plenty of seating, some under tents, some with Adirondack chairs and small tables out in the field, and great views all around.
Even better, you can bring your dog! (This is true only if they are well behaved dogs, unlike my two.)
Better still, they have live music out there sometimes.
The husband is not a fan of outdoor dining, so we sat inside, which is equally pleasant. He had the shed burger, which is a local grass-fed beef burger with American cheese and shed sauce; and a Bent Nail Black Lager.
I had the Jack’s BBQ, a grilled chicken breast with Jessica’s Red BBQ Sauce, bacon, cheddar and onion rings; and a Weathervane Farmhouse Ale.
The food menu is not all that large, but there is enough variety that you should be able to find something to suit your taste. There are a few vegetarian choices, and a mac ’n’ cheese that sounds fantastic, made with golden ale gouda cheese.
The beer menu is all that large, and there are some local wines and hard ciders as well, even Adirondack sodas, if you’re not a drinker.

Red Shed Brewery
709 County Route 33

Pot Shops Becoming Issue Here

Pot Shops Becoming Issue Here

By JIM KEVLIN • Special to

Mac Benton

Before reacting, the Village Board is waiting to see what the marijuana-legalization bill due to pass the state Legislature April 1 looks like.

But Trustee Mac Benton, who brought the issue before the trustees at their monthly meeting Monday, March 22, is determined to push for pot-selling “storefronts” in Baseball’s mecca, seeing it as an economic-development opportunity too good to ignore.

If the new law doesn’t give the village the authority to make the decision to sell or to manufacture marijuana products, Benton said he will encourage fellow trustees to urge the county Board of Representatives to allow the village to do so.

“It the decision goes to the county,” Benton said in a text, “I’ll urge my fellow trustees to sign onto a letter to the county strongly recommending that Otsego NOT opt out.”

According to Mayor Ellen Tillapaugh Kuch, there are two bills now under consideration.

Oh Say, Could We See…

Oh Say, Could We See…

…Old Glory flying at full staff at the corner of Main and Pioneer in downtown Coopers- town? Sunday, Nov. 30, there it was, soaring in the wind. Monday, it was back to half-staff. Police Chief Frank Cavileri said the officer in charge of flag raising that day wasn’t aware of the strictures. Mayor Ellen Tillapaugh Kuch pointed out, “We are still in PAUSE.” (Jim Kevlin/


Community Potluck Dinner


HARVEST DINNER – 4 p.m. Bring a dish to pass. Bring family, friends to celebrate the harvest. Main St. between Fair St. & River St., Cooperstown. E-mail or visit!event/2017/9/24/community-harvest-potluck-supper-on-main

HIDDEN FIGURES – 7 p.m. Showing film “Hidden Figures” in preparation for the visit of Margot Lee Shetterly’s visit to SUNY Oneonta. First Baptist Church, 21 Elm St., Cooperstown. Call (607)547-9371.

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