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Serving Otsego County, NY, through the combined reporting of Cooperstown's Freeman's Journal and the Hometown Oneonta newspapers.




Learn To Ice Fish

On Canadarago Lake


FISHING CLINIC – 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. All ages are welcome to come learn basics of ice fishing with DEC. Bait & tackle provided. Experienced anglers encouraged to bring your own. Dress warmly. Free. Relocated to Canadarago Boat Launch, 135 Dennison Rd., Richfield Springs. 607-547-8662 or visit

Otesaga Featuring Ice Bar To Kick Off Weekend Fun


Otesaga Featuring Ice Bar

To Kick Off Weekend Fun

The Otesaga isn’t letting a little snow get in the way of Cooperstown Winter Carnival fun. A few minutes ago, Gordon Clarkson, the hotel’s director of special events, left, and Gene Marra, Cooperstown Distillery proprietor, were putting the finishing touches in the Ice Bar, which will be open for business 5:30-9 p.m. this evening next to the Fire Bar on the hotel’s back lawn, on the shores of Otsego Lake. Dinner is being served at the Hawkeye Grill, and you can also take in a round of wintertime miniature golf in the hallway. (Jim Kevlin /

Showing ‘Yesterday: What If No One

Remembered The Beatles But You?’


FILM SOCIETY – 7 p.m. Cooperstown film society presents ‘Yesterday: What if no one remembered the Beatles but you?’ (2019) with long time rock tour manager John Draper welcoming all to the third season of Film Society. Cooperstown Village Library, 22 Main St., Cooperstown. Visit

Helios, Rustic Ridge Join Best Of The Best


Helios, Rustic Ridge

Join Best Of The Best

Honorees at the Otsego County Chamber of Commerce’s “Ignite the Fire of Entrepreneurial Spirit” banquet that ended a few minutes ago at The Otesaga are, from left, Helios Care’s board Chairman Connie Jastremski and President/CEO Dan Ayres, winners of the Excellus BlueCross BlueShield Breakthrough Award; Laura and Rick Bennett, proprietors of Rustic Ridge Winery, Burlington, winners of the Key Bank Small Business Award; and NBT Insurance Agency Interns of the Year Jared Ciccarelli from SUNY Oneonta and Caitlyn Herlihy from Hartwick College.  At right are Chamber President Barbara Ann Heegan and board Chair Al Rubin.   Some 250 attendees helped celebrate the honorees’ accomplishment.  Assemblyman John Salka, R-Brookfield, presented Assembly citations to the honorees; and Oneonta Mayor Gary Herzig delivered the closing remarks where, among other things, he urged Caitlyn and Jared to pursue their careers in Otsego County.  (Jim Kevlin/
New State Republican Chair At GOP Pre-Vote Celebration


New State Republican Chair

At GOP Pre-Vote Celebration

At his first public appearance locally, Nick Langworthy (inset, left) of Buffalo, elected chairman of the state Republican Committee in July, advises 100 candidates and party members at The Otesaga today that the GOP “is a party that’s coming alive” in the face of the state Democrats’ downstate tilt.  Albany decisionmakers come “from five square miles” in New York City, he said.  “There’s no one in the power structure right now who understands us.”  A Republican revival is necessary because Governor Cuomo “taxes too much and spends to much, and he’s driving people out of the state” — 2 million since taking office in 2011.  Langworthy was speaking at the party’s “Pre-Election Celebration” in advance of Tuesday’s polling.   Candidates in contested races, top, then posed for photos between Langworthy, right, and county Chair Vince Casale, left.  Front row, from left, are state Supreme Court candidates Chris Baker, Oliver Blaise and Mark Masler; back row, from left, are  Josh Bailey, Oneonta Common Council, Ward 8;  Rick Brockway, county board District 3 (Laurens-Otego); Len Carson, Oneonta Common Council, Ward 5, and Marcia Hoag, county board District 2, (Butternuts, Morris, Pittsfield) (Jim Kevlin/


40 New York State Mayors In Conference At Otesaga


40 New York State Mayors

In Conference At Otesaga

Peter A. Baynes, left, New York State Conference of Mayor executive director, confers with Oneonta Mayor Gary Herzig this afternoon in the lobby of The Otesaga, where 40 mayors from across the state have gathered for the NYCOM’s 110th Annual Meeting & Training School. Today’s first program was the Fabulous Beekman Boys – Brent Ridge and Josh Kilmer-Purcel – and how their business in Sharon Springs is the kind of enterprise that can revive rural downtowns. This is the first time in a while that the conference has been held outside of Albany. Sessions will be held through noon tomorrow. (Jim Kevlin/
Very, Very Antique Cars Rallying Around County

Very, Very Antique Cars

Rallying Around County

Janet and David Campbell of Pittsburgh pose alongside their 1912 Rolls Royce in downtown Cooperstown a few minutes ago, but their not alone.  The Campbells are among 57 people driving 27 cars in the Friends of Ancient Road Transportation (figure out the acronym) who are using The Otesaga as a base of operations through Saturday.  Today, they visited the Northeast Classic Cars Museum in Norwich.  Tomorrow, they drive to Hamilton (home of Colgate University) and Saturday to Utica, according to Bob Williams, one of the organizers.  The club was founded in 1980, and is unusual in that only cars that are older than 1915 can participate.  This is the Spring Tour, Williams said; the Fall Tour will be in Virginia this year.  Inset is Tom Whitlock, who works for Off Brothers, Richland, Mich., discussing panel instruments on a 1913 Fiat with a passerby outside The Otesaga.  Most of the cars were delivered her by truck.  (Jim Kevlin/

Job Seekers Offered Free Rides To Expo

Job Seekers Offered

Free Rides To Expo

At Otesaga Event, 30 Companies

Seeking Full-, Part-Time Workers

COOPERSTOWN – A&D Transport Services is offering free rides Wednesday from the CDO Workforce Center, 12 Dietz St., Oneonta, to the Otsego Chamber Job Expo at The Otesaga Cooperstown and back.

Call the CDO Workforce today at 607-432-4800 x 100 to reserve a seat. Reservations required.

The Job Expo will be underway 10 a.m.-2 p.m., featuring 30 companies, and designed to help job seekers locate good jobs, change careers, or explore employment options. The Otesaga is collaborating with CDO Workforce, state Department of Labor and A & D Transport in the venture. Those looking to attend should prepare a number of resumes and cover letters beforehand and could use Cultivated Culture’s examples to build upon. Employers will be keen to see the history of those attending, both work-based and otherwise.

Friends Of Bassett’s Soirée Raises $170K For Arts In Healing

Friends Of Bassett’s

Soirée Raises $170K

For Arts In Healing

Artistic Engagement Found To Ease Stress
Attendees included Friends of Bassett President Jason Tabor with wife, Emily DeSantis, DO, and, at left, Friends’ Vice President Kate Johnson..

COOPERSTOWN – The more than 300 guests attending the Friends of Bassett’s third annual Valentine’s Soirée Feb. 9 at The Otesaga raised $170,000 for the hospital’s Arts in Healthcare program, the Friends announced today.

Arts In Healthcare aims to reduce stress and promote healing among patients, their families and providers through artistic engagement.

Flis and Andy Blum of Cooperstown were recognized for their commitment to Bassett Medical Center and the arts.

Corinne Hillman, 98; Retired Teacher Mainstay Of Cooperstown’s Cotillion

Corinne Hillman, 98; Teacher, 

Cooperstown Cotillion Mainstay

Corinne Hillman

COOPERSTOWN – Corinne Hillman, 98, a retired teacher known to a generation of Cooperstown Area eighth graders for teaching them to ballroom dance for the annual Cotillion at The Otesaga, passed away on Friday Feb. 15, 2019, at Cooperstown Center for Rehabilitation & Nursing.

She was born on Jan. 1, 1921, and grew up in New York City. She attended Hunter College and New York University, and earned her master’s degree and teaching certificate in elementary education.

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