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Bobcat Kittens Close Barnyard Swing

Wild Bobcat Kittens

Close Barnyard Swing

Stay Away, Conservation Officers Advise,

But Attraction Aims To Open Mother’s Day

Bobcat kittens nestled in the corner of a small barn at Barnyard Swing caused the Hartwick Seminary attraction to be closed today out of fear the mother bobcat is nearby. (Parker Fish/

By PARKER FISH • Special to

HARTWICK SEMINARY – Barnyard Swing owner Marcy Birch closed the attraction today on the advice  of state conservation officers after a litter of bobcats was found in an outbuilding.

Alerted by a group of youngsters, Birch investigated and found the little bobcats on a bed of hay in a back corner.

Board Of Education Candidates Cover All Bases

CCS Board Candidates

Express Views At Forum

Gathering in the CCS Middle-High School library, four candidates vying for three open seats discussed a wide range of topics tonight at a forum organized by the League of Women Voters, Cooperstown Chapter.  Current board members Marcy Birch and Tony Scalici faced off against challengers Nancy Areliusson and Matt Schuermann. Topics covered included technology in schools, business-oriented classes, the current drug epidemic, special education, school safety, budgeting priorities, and extra-curricular activities.   The polls will be open 7 a.m.-8 p.m. Tuesday, May 15, for school board elections and for a vote on the 2018-19 school budget. (Parker Fish/
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