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HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO: Celebrate Our Earth 04-23-22
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SATURDAY, APRIL 23

Celebrate Our Earth

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CLEAN UP – 9 a.m. – Noon. Morris residents are invited to join the Butternut Valley Alliance, others, to show your love for our Earth and help clean up the local roadways and streams, donate to the food bank, more. Parking Lot, Morris Central School, 65 W. Main St., Morris. Visit www.butternutvalleyalliance.org

RECYCLING – Noon – 3 p.m. Celebrate Earth Day and recycle responsibly. Bring your hard to recycle items including rigid expanded polystyrene containers and packing material, natural wine corks, paper shredding for residents, a clothing and textile collection, and more. Participants will receive a coupon for 10% off at the Ommegang Tap House. Pre-registration required to avoid congestion. Brewery Ommegang, 656 Co. Hwy. 33, Cooperstown. 607-547-4488 or visit occainfo.org/calendar/earth-festival-drive-through-drop-off-recycling/

RECRUITNY – Local fire stations open their doors to the public to recruit community members to the local volunteer fire department. Visit with the:
• West Oneonta Fire Department, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. featuring tours, demos, Q&A. 2865 Co. Hwy. 8, West Oneonta. 607-432-1310
• Wells Bridge Vol. Fire Department, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. Open House. 114 Co. Hwy. 4, Wells Bridge. 607-988-2542.
• Richfield Springs Vol. Fire Department, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. open house. 3026 St. Hwy. 20, Richfield Springs. 315-858-0863.
• Unadilla Fire Department, Hours TBD. Open house, come meet the members, see the equipment, more. 77 Clifton St., Unadilla. 607-369-9150.
• Worcester Hose Company Inc., 1 – 3 p.m. Open house with equipment displays, demonstration, and refreshments. 36 Church St., Worcester. 607-397-8032.
• Morris Fire Department, Noon – 4 p.m. Open house. 117 Main St., Morris. 607-263-5500.

BLOOD DRIVE – 9:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. Burlington Flats Baptist Church, 101 Arnold Rd., Burlington Flats. 1-800-733-2767 or visit www.redcrossblood.org

Keep Mohawk Valley Beautiful

Otsego County, Mohawk Valley group team up to go green

Ommegang / OCCA set drive-through recycling event

Otsego County Chamber of Commerce Director of Operations Kathryn Dailey introduces Steven Smith, Executive Director of the Mohawk Valley Economic Development District, at the April 11 clean-up rally

Otsego County’s Chamber of Commerce joined Keep Mohawk Valley Beautiful this week to kick off Earth Day volunteer action aimed at registering individuals, businesses, organizations, and community groups to register cleanup or beautification events in the Mohawk Valley region.

The Chamber, part of a six-county group comprising the KMVB coverage area, hopes to register at least 50 groups toward the KMVB’s goal of signing up 300 cleanup crews as Earth Day and Earth Week approach.

“Oneonta has always been a stalwart environmental protection community,” said Otsego County Chamber Director of Operations Kathryn Dailey on the steps of Oneonta’s City Hall. “This city and all of Otsego County appreciate the value of a healthy and litter-free environment.”

Steven Smith, Executive Director of the Mohawk Valley Economic Development District, said groups can range in size from “one to two people to whole community groups getting together to clean up public space.”

Coming up

This week

Coming up in this week’s print edition of The Freeman’s Journal / Hometown Oneonta (available this afternoon!) … the Baseball Hall of Fame brings back its popular ‘Classic’ festivities for Memorial Day Weekend … Cooperstown honors its very own Grace Kull … Oneonta Mayor Mark Drnek deputizes some very eager kids … Ommegang has concerts coming this summer … Richard DeRosa reflects on coming home … Babe Ruth’s grandson has some thoughts on uniform numbers … we take the short drive to Richfield Springs for a mighty lunch at the Co-op … Merl Reagle‘s crossword puzzle … and more!

Cooperstown brewmaster teams up with Troy Aikman
Phil Leinhart

Cooperstown brewmaster teams up with Troy Aikman

By Ted Potrikus

Add one award-winning Master Brewer and one Football Hall-of-Famer to make eight — EIGHT beer, that is, a joint project of Cooperstown’s Phil Leinhart and former Dallas Cowboys quarterback Troy Aikman that jumps into the jam-packed craft beer market later this year.

It’s a brew more than two years in the making, Mr. Leinhart said, made with no sugar and featuring Hallertau Taurus hops.

“They’re a variety of Bavarian-growth hops that are heavy in antioxidants,” Mr. Leinhart said before traveling to New Orleans to supervise the first packaging of the new lager. “We’re using these high-alpha, xanthohumol hops that carry the highest level of antioxidants that we could find.”

Craft beverages enjoy business boom in Otsego
Holly Bennett, bartender at Rustic Ridge Winery, holds one of their bottles of sweet white wine. (Kevin Limiti/AllOtsego.com)

Craft beverages enjoy
business boom in Otsego

New places are popping up along
the Beverage Trail with interesting takes on classic locally sourced fare

By Kevin Limiti • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com

Otsego County is famous for its Baseball Hall of Fame, art museums, hiking trails and more but there is also another thing that draws people to the region, its craft beverages.

Otsego County has its own beverage trail and is home to the internationally known Ommegang Brewery. But new places are popping, each with their own unique history, many of which source their ingredients locally.

Two of these places is Rustic Ridge Winery and the High Burl Brewery, which are on state Route 80, nestled between adjacent farms. The brewery and winery dogs, Ruger and Jake, greet the patrons as they beg for animal crackers and popcorn. Inside is a homey place filled with wine and good vibes, and bartended by Holly Bennett, no relation to the Bennett family who owns the winery.

“It’s a big family get-together here,” Bennett said and the winery/brewery pairing is the only one in the area with both that she knows about.

Graves, Curley Claim Drops To Hops Titles

START, FINISH AT OMMEGANG

Graves, Curley Claim

Drops To Hops Titles

Ed Curley, 57, of Sidney, was leading Brewery Ommegang’s Drops to Hops 25-mile B race this morning at Pete Hendricks Road and Route 166, and he was leading at the end, winning in 01:04:08, a pace of 2.4 minutes per mile. Winning the 43-mile A Race was Joshua Graves, 31, of Baldwinsville, in 01:54:50, also 2.4 minutes per mile.  (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)
Cooperstown Artisan Festival Welcomes Food and Drink

Cooperstown Artisan Festival

Welcomes Food and Drink

The Cooperstown Artisan Festival now features  more than diverse art from around the region, it has begun featuring food and drink unique to our area. Above, Eric House, Springfield Center, and daughter Dakoda scoop out free samples of Stewart’s Ice Cream for passers-by. At right, Melanie Miller pours a glass of hard cider from The Fly Creek Cider Mill inside the tasting tent which features a selection of local artisan beers  including Ommegang, Cooperstown Brewing Company and more.  The event continues Sunday from 10am-5pm. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)

 

Plenty Of Food – Who’s That At The Next Table?

FINE FOOD, FUN FOOD

Plenty Of Food – Who’s

That At The Next Table?

At Morey’s Family Restaurant, your booth neighbor might be a man dressed in a brocade jacket, pajamas and bedroom slippers, smoking a pipe and sitting in a high-back chair next to a roaring fire, a dog sitting at his feet.

A girl with long blond curls in a long frilly nightgown stands next to him. The room he is in looks like a parlor room in “Downton Abbey.”

Encased in clear plastic, the room with the dad and daughter isn’t too much larger than your hand.

It is just one of 150 dollhouse displays inside Morey’s Family Restaurant & Dollhouse Miniatures on Oneonta’s East End. But Morey’s quirky displays aren’t the best part.

I had one of my best breakfasts there. I ordered their Greek omelet – three eggs perfectly cooked, and folded with feta cheese, tomatoes, red peppers and spinach leaves, all lightly sautéed. I could taste the flavor and freshness of each ingredient; Morey’s chef(s) did not override them with too much oil or butter.

My omelet came with two pieces of French toast, my choice of side, which were also perfection: thick, soft bread triangles lightly coated, not soaked, in fresh batter.

You’ll remember Morey’s miniatures, but it’s the food you will want to go back for. (Morey’s Family Restaurant, 5536 Route 7, Oneonta)

JENNIFER HILL
Staff Reporter

Head to the Upstate Bar and Grill for deliciously juicy New Brunswick Jail Island salmon on apricot couscous,
encrusted with almonds and served with seasonal vegetables.

I ordered mine cooked medium well-done and was happy to have done so: Every bite was moist and filled with the biting flavor of apricot. (Upstate Bar & Grille, 5418 NY-28, Cooperstown)

LARISSA RYAN
Office Manager

Brewery Ommegang has a new menu and an expanded dining room, with plenty of room for the whole family to enjoy lunch or an early supper.

I always get the chicken and waffles, served with a maple-bacon béchamel and a tangy raspberry jam. Try it with a Rosetta ale, which is aged on cherries and tastes like no other beer you’ve ever had.

And, of course, you need frites – they come with a house aioli, but if you’re REALLY hungry, you can get them with the Nirvana IPA cheddar-bacon sauce, or poutine made with local cheese curds – be sure to order enough to share!
And make sure to check out the daily beer specials so you can find one that pairs well with your food.

LIBBY CUDMORE
Managing Editor

Locals March 14 15 2019

LOCALS – March 14 -15, 2019

CSO Conductor Contest Raises Record $46,321

Ian Austin/HOMETOWN ONEONTA  –  Though Al Rubin, owner, A&D Transport Services, ultimately took the baton to conduct “Stars & Stripes Forever,” he was helped by Cindy Donaldson, OMS choral music director, left, and Libby Cudmore, managing editor, Hometown Oneonta, The Freeman’s Journal and AllOtsego.com, in raising a record-setting $46,321 for the Catskill Symphony Orchestra during the annual Cabaret Concert on Saturday, March 9, at SUNY Oneonta.

Ommegang, Red Shed Win Medals In State Competition

Ommegang, Red Shed Win

Medals In State Competition

COOPERSTOWN – Brewery Ommegang won two prizes and the Red Shed Brewery one at the New York State Brewers Association’s third annual Craft Beer Competition.

Ommegang’s Three Philosophers took a bronze in the “Belgian Other” category and Witte took a bronze in the “Wheat Beer” category  The Red Shed’s Jessica’s Red Ale took a silver, in the “Amber/Red Ale” category.

CLICK HERE FOR COMPLETE LIST OF WINNERS

 

in cooperstown farewell to christmas

PEOPLE NEWS

COOPERSTOWN

Baby Boy From Walton First 2019 Bassett Birth

Austin James Robinson is the first baby born in 2019 at the Bassett Birthing Center in Cooperstown. Austin arrived at 3:01 a.m. New Year’s Day to his mother and father, Destiny Grant and Adam Robinson of Walton, Austin weighs 6 lbs.,13 oz,, and is 19¾ inches long. Destiny noted that Austin’s birthday is exactly 30 days before her own birthday. 2018 was another record setting year with 1,081 babies born at Bassett.

Quality, Quality, Quality Will Lure Customers, Brewers Say
5TH ANNUAL CONFERENCE ON FOOD, FARMING

Quality, Quality, Quality Will

Lure Customers, Brewers Say

“The absolute best” is what local breweries must shoot for to achieve continued success, declares the Red Shed’s David Olson, right. With him are, from left, Ommegang’s Phil Leinhart, Hartwick College’s Aaron MacLeod and Council Rock’s Roger Davidson. (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)

By JIM KEVLIN • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com

Drink beer from a glass “to produce its full aromatic potential,” MacLeod tells the audience at the Louis Jones Center.

COOPERSTOWN – Asked today for “key factors to success,” four panelists from the local brewing industry spoke as one:  Quality, quality, quality and quality.

Ommegang President Campbell keynoted.

“It all starts with quality,” said Roger Davidson, Council Rock Brewery founder.  “It is fun … (but) I try to do the best I can every single day for consistent quality.”

“If quality isn’t the top of mind, you shouldn’t be a brewer,” said Ommegang’s Phil Leinhart, who has been cited in international competition as the “best in the world” of brewmasters at mid-size operations.

Aaron MacLeod, director of Hartwick College’s Center for Craft Food & Beverage, expanded that to include “the value chain” — hops, barley, malt, all the products that go into beer making.

HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 2
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 2

Shop For The Holidays

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HOLIDAY BAZAAR – 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. ‘Tip Toe Through The Holiday’ features items for Thanksgiving, Christmas, Valentines Day. Includes gifts, decorations, crafts, more. Lunch available. Elm Park United Methodist Church, 401 Chestnut St., Oneonta. 607-432-6552 or visit elmparkumconeonta.org

CONTRADANCE – 7:30 p.m. Fun social dance featuring music by Tailwind, caller Hilton Baxter. Arrive at 7:15 for introduction to steps. Admission, $8/adult. First Presbyterian Church, 25 Church St., Cooperstown. 607-547-8164 or visit otsegodancesociety.blogspot.com

Cheerful Crowd Warms To Cooptoberfest Beat

Cheerful Crowd Warms

To Cooptoberfest’s Beat

To the beat of Oneonta’s Roundhouse Rockers (Mark Spaziani on lead guitar), the fifth annual Cooptoberfest beer-tasting crowd is warming up at this hour under the tent in the Doubleday Field parking lot. From 5 p.m. on, a $45 ticket opens the door to an evening of beer tasting, courtesy of micro-breweries from around the region. At right, with President Doug Campbell and Innovation Manager Justin Forsythe manning the table, Brewery Ommegang – the event’s prime sponsor – is ready for what’s in store.  New this year is Eat Drink Cooperstown, local food vendors.   (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)

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