News of Otsego County


Art in the garage: Middlefield gallery owner showcases contemporary art from local, international artists in her garage
The Art Garage owner Sydney Waller speaks about the art of Tom Nussbaum on Monday, Sept. 20. (Greg Klein/

Art in the garage
Middlefield gallery owner showcases contemporary art from local, international artists in her garage

By GREG KLEIN • Special to

On a country road, in a converted garage, in the town of Middlefield, some of the most amazing works of contemporary art are on display daily.

The Art Garage, owned by Sydney Waller, has spent the past 10 years displaying modern art from artists from Otsego County, as well as around the country and the world.

“It is in my DNA,” Waller said.

A Connecticut native, Waller grew up spending parts of her summers in Roseboom.

IF YOU GO: Take the trolley, pack sunscreen, water
The crowd walks up Susquehanna Avenue to a National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum Induction at The Clark Sports Center in 2015. (File)

IF YOU GO: Take the trolley, pack sunscreen, water

By GREG KLEIN • Special to

If you are planning to attend the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum Induction, here are some helpful hints:

• Bring water and an umbrella: Things can get hot on the field at The Clark Sports Center, where there is no natural shade and attendees might be under direct sun for more than two hours. This is just as likely on a Wednesday in September as a Sunday in July. So, bring something to drink, apply lots of sunscreen and think about a hat, umbrella or other form of shade. Of course, it could also be mid-60s and raining, so … bring an umbrella either way. If you don’t have VIP seating in one of the Hall designated areas up front, bring a chair or blanket, too. So many people leave their chairs after inductions, one local family organizes a collection of the chairs, followed by a yard sale to benefit the local school and its students. Speaking of the students, there will be lots of them selling concessions, too, either officially to raise money for their senior trips or along the roads to the Induction site, as budding entrepreneurs. So, bringing a couple of dollars for the kids is a good way to say hello to some locals and learn about Cooperstown.

Hall: Wednesday induction was best option

Hall: Wednesday induction was best option

By GREG KLEIN • Special to

COOPERSTOWN — A National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum official said the rescheduling of Induction Weekend to a Wednesday in September came down to one simple factor: the calendar.

“Looking at the calendar, we just had a very limited amount of options,” Jon Shestakofsky, vice president of communications and education, told Iron String Media, Friday, June 11.

The exclusive interview took place two days after the Hall announced it would shift from a virtual induction on the traditional Sunday afternoon in July to a limited capacity, ticketed-only induction Wednesday, Sept. 8, at the Clark Sports Center in the town of Middlefield.

Shestakofsky said the date was the best available option. He said there was no weekend date in September that worked for all of the induction stakeholders, including Major League Baseball, the MLB Network, the inductees and their families, the Hall and the Hall of Famers.

Two Charged With Stealing, Selling Car Parts

Police: 2 Stole,

Sold Car Parts

Jesse Stefanelli
Shawn Campbell

MIDDLEFIELD – An employee of Wahl to Wahl Auto was arrested and charged with stealing car parts from his employer and selling them with another man, also arrested.

Shawn M. Campbell, 26, Delhi, was arrested by State Police at Richfield Springs after an investigation revealed that, while employed at Wahl to Wahl Auto in Middlefield, he had allegedly stolen several catalytic converters over several months and sold them.

Palatine Bridge Man Charged After Route 33 Crash

Palatine Bridge Man

Ticketed For Leaving

Phoenix Mills Crash

Its front smashed in from colliding with the telephone pole in foreground, a the Ford SUV comes to rest at the south end of Phoenix Mills early Saturday morning. (Photo contribute)

PHOENIX MILLS – A Palatine Bridge man was ticketed for fleeing the scene of the early-morning accident that knocked down a telephone pole and damaged a parked car at 4:30 a.m. Saturday, rousing the neighborhood.

According to Troop C, Jamie M. Lambert, 20, was charged with leaving the scene of a property damage accident, driving to the left of pavement markings and speed not reasonable and prudent.

At around 4:46 a.m., Saturday morning, a 2009 Ford hit a parked 2011 Hyundai Elantra belonging to neighbor Michael Wilsey, snapped a telephone pole and knocked down a mailbox, according to Aga Dembinska, the troop’s public relations officer.

He allegedly fled the scene, but he responded to State Police at Richfield Springs. He suffered minor injuries in the crash.

Police Seek Driver After Route 33 Crash


Early Morning Hit, Run

Shakes Up Phoenix Mills

The driver of a 2011 Hyundai Elantra fled on foot after striking a telephone pole and a parked car on Route 33 in Phoenix Mills early this morning. (Jim Kevlin/

By LIBBY CUDMORE • Special to

Debris is scattered along the roadside, and it appears the Elantra went down a nearby bank.

PHOENIX MILLS – State police are seeking the driver of a grey 2009 Ford who they say fled the scene after a noisy crash at 4:46 a.m. today on Route 33 at the south end of this Town of Middlefield hamlet.

Neighbors say everyone woke with a jolt.  They estimated the driver must have been going 80 mph.

A so-far unknown person was operating the Ford when it went off the road, hit a parked 2011 Hyundai Elantra belonging to neighbor Michael Wilsey, snapped a telephone pole and knocked down a mailbox, according to Aga Dembinska, Troop C public relations officer.


Kick Off Junior Livestock Show


LIVESTOCK SHOW – 5 p.m. Open the 4-H Junior Livestock show with a chicken BBQ for public & exhibitors followed by an ice cream social at 7:30 p.m. Cost, $10 for the BBQ. Iroquois Farm Showgrounds, 1659 Co. Hwy. 33, Cooperstown. Call 607-547-1452 or visit

PADDLE & PULL – 1 – 4 p.m. Bring your canoe/kayak, or reserve one of OCCA’s, and help pull invasive water chestnuts from the stump portion of Goodyear Lake. Bring water, sunscreen, & a hat. Registration requested. Meet at Portlandville Fishing Access, St. Hwy. 28, Portlandville. Call 607-547-4488 or visit

Head-On Collision Blocks Rt. 166

Head-On Collision

Blocks Route 166

Both Drivers Transported To Bassett

Cooperstown Fireman Brian Murphy helps to clean up the remnants of one of the totaled cars involved in a crash this morning on rt. 166 in Middlefield. (Parker Fish/

By PARKER FISH • Special to

TOWN OF MIDDLEFIELD – Two vehicles collided head-on this morning on Route 166 and Cornish Hill Road, sending both drivers to Bassett Hospital, according to Sheriff’s Deputy James Mateunas.

When the emergency call was placed at 9:11 a.m., Cooperstown firefighters and sheriff’s deputies responded.

Bliss Tells Of Bipartisan Record; Berliant Says It’s Time For Change

Bliss Tells Of Bipartisan Record;

Berliant Says, Time For Change

District 7 Representative Dave Bliss and challenger Leslie Berliant address a packed house at the old high school in Cherry Valley on Monday night. Bliss believes that his record of bi-partisan leadership shows his commitment to getting things done for the constituents of District 7. Berliant believes it is time for big changes in the County Board of Representatives. (Parker Fish/
Andrew J. Kubis, 97, Middlefield; Former, WWII Vet, Civic Leader

Andrew J. Kubis, 97, Middlefield;

Farmer, WWII Vet, Civic Leader

MIDDLEFIELD – Andrew J. Kubis, 97, a farmer, decorated World War II veteran and founding member of the Middlefield Fire Department, passed away Tuesday, Aug. 1, 2017 at home surrounded by his family.

Born in Kearney, Pa., on Sept. 28, 1919, to Michael and Mary Kubis, the family moved to Middlefield when Andrew  was 11. Andrew lived and worked on the family farm until joining the Army, where he was a tank unit commander in the armored cavalry.


‘Empty Bowls’ Benefit Today


EMPTY BOWLS – Noon-2 p.m. Serving homemade soup in your choice of bowl crafted and donated by local potters. Cost, $15 to benefit the local food pantry. Christ Church Parish Hall on Fair Street, Cooperstown. Info,!event/2017/4/1/empty-bowls. To volunteer or donate call (607)547-2627

SOUTH AFRICAN BANQUET – 6-9 p.m. The Mali Education project presents a South African benefit bazaar, dinner and documentary fill titled “Taking Root: The Vision of Wangari Maathai,” about the founder of the Green belt Movement in Kenya and winner of the 2004 Nobel Peace Prize. Tickets, $15 adults, $10 children over 5. Unitarian Universalist Society of Oneonta, 12 Ford Ave, Oneonta. Reservation, call (607)434-3303 or email Info,

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