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PRESIDENTS & Otsego County

PRESIDENTS & Otsego County

By JIM KEVLIN

FDR IN VAN HORNESVILLE: In 1931, GE President Owen D. Young, then the presumptive nominee for the Democrat nomination for President in 1932, invited New York Gov. Franklin D. Roosevelt to the dedication of the school in Van Hornesville that bears Young’s name. By 1932, FDR had outstripped Young for the Democratic nod, and went on to be elected President four times.

STILL NO TRUMP: Another year has gone by, but the current sitting president, Donald Trump, has still to make it to the National Baseball Hall of Fame or Otsego County generally. Surprising, given that, according to some reports, he was scouted for the Phillies and the Red Sox on graduating from high school, choosing to go to college and into his dad’s real-estate business instead.

HE DIDN’T SLEEP HERE: George Washington visited Otsego Lake’s outlet in 1783 to view where General Clinton blew up the dam that allowed his army aboard bateaux to surprise the Iroquois at Oquaga (Afton), disperse the tribe and open the way for New Englanders to settle Otsego County after the American Revolution. After a gala at Swanwick, the lakeside mansion, he reportedly rode on the Fort Plain that night.

T.R., TAFT IN ONEONTA:
It’s said Congressman George Fairchild hosted Presidents Theodore Roosevelt and William Howard Taft at different times at
his mansion at Main Street and Grand Avenue, Oneonta, now the Masonic Temple. Fairchild, publisher of the Oneonta Herald, would later be first chairman of IBM.

3 FOR COOPERSTOWN:
The past three sitting presidents, Barack Obama, George H.W. Bush and Bill Clinton all visited the Baseball Hall of Fame at some point, Obama while he was still in office.

Online Poll Results

Online Poll Results

Here are the online poll results for the question:  ‘What do you think about President Obama’s new executive action on gun control?’

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Online Poll 01.07.16

Online Poll

01.07.16

Rissberger Daughter Meets President At White House

Rissberger Daughter Meets

President At White House

President Obama shakes hands with Julia Rissberger of Oneonta during a reception at the White House last Friday for winners of the PBS' Healthy Lunchtime Challenge. She is the daughter of Rachel (in the foreground) and Common Council member David Rissberger.  Details in this week's Hometown Oneonta, on the newsstands Wednesday afternoon.
President Obama shakes hands with Julia Rissberger of Oneonta during a reception at the White House last Friday for winners of the PBS’ Healthy Lunchtime Challenge. She is the daughter of Rachel (in the foreground) and Common Council member David Rissberger. Details in this week’s Hometown Oneonta, on the newsstands Wednesday afternoon.

JULIA RISSBERGER’S SPINACH AND APPLE SALAD

WITH BLUEBERRY VINAIGRETTE AND WHOLE-GRAIN CHEESE PENNIES

‘Impeach Obama’ Drive Back In County

‘Impeach Obama’ Drive Back In County

Jason Knoblauch, Oneonta, right, signs up for the Lyndon LaRouche PAC this morning at a booth set up next to the Stewart's on Route 28, Cooperstown.  Frank Mathis, left, of the LaRouch PAC, said a week-long drive is encouraging people to contact their congressmen -- Chris Gibson, R-19, is among them -- urging them to back legislation to impeach the President.   The chapter, based in New Jersey, was in town for a similar drive last October.  (Jim Kevlin/allotsego.com)
Jason Knoblauch, Oneonta, right, signs up for the Lyndon LaRouche PAC this morning at a booth set up next to the Stewart’s on Route 28, Cooperstown. Frank Mathis, left, of the LaRouche PAC, said a week-long drive is encouraging people to contact their congressmen — Chris Gibson, R-19, is among them — urging them to back legislation to impeach the President. The chapter, based in New Jersey, was in town for a similar drive last October. (Jim Kevlin/allotsego.com)
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.”

New Republic Publishes Column By Mayor Katz

New Republic Publishes Column By Mayor Katz

COOPERSTOWN – Mayor Jeff Katz discusses fracking and President Obama’s visit in a guest column in the current edition of The New Republic magazine.

“The sense that, even in intense disagreement over the major issue of fracking, there was a core connection between the people and their president, that they could be opposed but still together, gave truth to the words of the (other) Boss,” he concludes.

Obama On Rigbys’ Porch

Rigbys’ Display Welcomes President to Village

Did you notice the display Bill and Janet Rigby put together on their porch at Elm and Delaware to welcome President Obama to town?  Look closely at the cardboard cut-out of the President at right:  He has a Band-Aid over one eye, lipstick on one cheek, and a Hawaiian lei over his shoulders.  Janet downloaded a sheet of blank House of Representatives, wrote "kick me" on it, and put it on his back  (Charles Hill photo)
Did you notice the display Bill and Janet Rigby put together on their porch at Elm and Delaware to welcome President Obama to town? Look closely at the cardboard cut-out of the President at right: He has a Band-Aid over one eye, lipstick on one cheek, and a Hawaiian lei over his shoulders. Janet downloaded a sheet of blank House of Representatives stationery, wrote “kick me” on it, and put it on his back (Charles Hill photo)
Obama Motorcade Exit

Watch Obama’s Motorcade Exit Cooperstown

Video submitted by Randy Smith

kuzminski commentary

The Weird Emptiness Of It All

Editor’s Note:  Adrian Kuzminski, Sustainable Otsego moderator, distributed these observations on the President’s visit to Cooperstown through various listserves.

The most fascinating thing to me about Obama’s visit to Cooperstown and the Baseball Hall of Fame was the wierd emptiness of it all, which I think says a lot about our current public political culture, or the lack thereof. The organizers of the anti-fracking rally I was part of anticipated (hoped for) large crowds, and worried in advance about off-street parking and other relevant contingencies.

If you picked up the special editions that day of the local papers celebrating Obama’s visit, and read them at face value, you would anticipate a festive, popular occasion, with lots of local pride on display, supported by the testimony of copious open letters and commentary welcoming the president, seasoned with respectful criticism regarding fracking and other national issues. We are all in this together with you, was the story line; we live in a common community, was the presumption.

Who’s Who Slideshow

Who’s Who at President Obama’s Speech?

 

Click any of the images below to view in slideshow:

 

Obama Mentions Cooperstown

OBAMA MENTIONS ‘COOPERSTOWN’

MULTIPLE TIMES IN NATIONAL SPEECH

President Obama addresses a packed Hall of Plaques at 3:55 this afternoon, where he mentioned Cooperstown a half-dozen times during a nationally televised speech launching an initiatives to attract a million tourists from overseas annually by 1920.  "You can't buy that kind of publicity," a local tourism advocate observed while leaving. (Jim Kevlin/allotsego.com)
President Obama addresses a packed Hall of Plaques at 3:55 this afternoon, where he mentioned Cooperstown a half-dozen times during a nationally televised speech launching an initiatives to attract a million tourists from overseas annually by 1920. “You can’t buy that kind of publicity,” a local tourism advocate observed while leaving. (Jim Kevlin/allotsego.com)
Governor Cuomo answers reporters' questions after arriving at the Hall of Plaque from his downstate nomination for a second term, just missing President Obama.  At right is Sandra Lee, his companion Food Network TV host.  (Jim Kevlin/allotsego.com)
Governor Cuomo answers reporters’ questions after arriving at the Hall of Plaque from his downstate nomination for a second term, just missing President Obama. At right is Sandra Lee, his companion Food Network TV host. (Jim Kevlin/allotsego.com)

 LISTEN TO OBAMA’S COOPERSTOWN SPEECH

Obama Lands

OBAMA LANDS AT GRIFFISS

Air Force One touches down at Griffiss International Airport, the first such visit to this airport.  Ian Austin for allotsego.com
Air Force One touches down at Griffiss International Airport, the first such visit to this airport. (Ian Austin for allotsego.com)

ROME

President Obama has just landed at Griffiss International Airport in Rome and will be departing shortly for Cooperstown, where he is scheduled to arrive at the Baseball Hall of Fame at 3:25 p.m.

President Obama waves to the crowd after getting off Air Force One at Griffiss Airport. Ian Austin for allotsego.com
President Obama waves to the crowd after getting off Air Force One at Griffiss Airport.
(Ian Austin for allotsego.com)
Eric Bliss

Bliss To Sing National Anthem For Obama

COOPERSTOWN

Eric Bliss
Eric Bliss

Eric Bliss, son of Town of Middlefield supervisor David Bliss, will sing “The Star Spangled Banner” for President Obama’s arrival at the Hall of Fame this afternoon.

As a senior at Elmira College in 2009, he sang the National Anthem at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington, Texas and later reprised his performance at that year’s Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony.

Obama Schedule

Schedule of Obama’s Cooperstown Tour

President Obama will arrive in Cooperstown for a private tour of the Baseball Hall of Fame at 3:25 p.m. this afternoon, according to the official schedule released this morning by the White House.

At 3:55, the president will deliver a speech promoting tourism from the Hall’s plaque gallery.  The speech will be streamed live and can be viewed here.

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