News of Otsego County


‘Team Fetterman’ Welcomes Judge

‘Team Fetterman’

Welcomes Judge

Lamberts Become 1st Father-Son Pair

In Cooperstown’s Most Honored Ranks

Other members of “Team Fetterman” joined the latest honoree, county Judge John Lambert, after today’s luncheon at The Otesaga. Front row, from left, are Mark Rathbun, Jack Vineyard, Pat Hazzard, Frank Miosek, Lambert, Bobby Hall, Ted Kantorowski, Brenda Wedderspoon-Gray, Dave Adsit, Brenda Jaeger and Bruce Andrews.  Second row, from left, Mike Perrino, Ed Hazzard, Bud Lippitt, Dave Bliss, Sharkey Nagelschmidt, Bob Snyder and Ted Spencer.  (Jim Kevlin/

By JIM KEVLIN • Special to

John Lambert and Jane Forbes Clark pose for photographs today after she presented him with the Fetterman Award.

COOPERSTOWN – It was a lesson in the right attitude.

County Judge John Lambert, honored as the latest recipient of the Clark Sports Center’s Fetterman Award today at an Otesaga luncheon, was able to relate a first-hand story about Patrick Fetterman, a fabled director of the Clark Gym.

It was at a Biddy Basketball Tournament in St. Johnsville more than three decades ago.  Lambert was in sixth grade; Fetterman was coaching, when one of the Cooperstown players made everyone’s concern explicit:  “They’re cheating with the clock,” he said.

Young Artists Entertain Cooperstown Rotary

Young Artists Perform

For Cooperstown Rotary

Singing Juliet’s Waltz, Alyssa Martin of Greensboro, N.C., represented the Glimmerglass Young Artists Program at today’s Rotary luncheon at The Otesaga. Ben Schaefer of Des Moines, Iowa, sang Figaro from “The Barber of Seville.” Kyle Naig, also of Des Moines, accompanied on piano for both.  Listening Rotarians at the table in front of Martin include, from left, Marge Landers, Irene Fassett, Hugh McDougall, Mike Otis and the Rev. Dane Boston.  (Parker Fish/
Pathfinder Honors 16 Staffers For, In All, 280 Years On Job

Pathfinder Honors 16 Staffers

For, In All, 280 Years On Job

Pathfinder Village honorees and luncheon attendees include, front row, from left, Charleen Orendorff, Enrichment Services, (30); Cindy Holbert, Residential (30); Eva Pickens, Ancillary (35); Dan Osborn, Ancillary (35); second row, from left, Stephanie Beams RN, Nursing; Paula Schaeffer, Enrichment Services (20); Cody Ray, Adult Day Services (10); Destiny Curl, ADS (5); Michael Cornell, ADS; Nancy Olsen, Residential; Diana Cadwell, Residential; Cheryl Winton, Adult Day Services (5), CEO Paul C. Landers ; third row, from left, Taylor Brose, Residential Services; Barry Benjamin, Maintenance (15); Kris Tilbe, Maintenance.

EDMESTON – Pathfinder Village celebrated the longevity of 16 employees – 280 years combined – at a luncheon Tuesday at The Otesaga.

Honorees included Senior Director Dan Osborn and Eva Pickens of the Ancillary Department, who each have served 35 years. Those celebrating 30-year anniversaries included Pathfinder School Teacher Nancy Kelly, Direct Support Professional Cindy Holbert, and Assistant Director of Enrichment Services Charleen Orendorff.

DAR Honors Essay Winner, Good Citizens

DAR Honors Essay Winner, Good Citizens

The Otsego Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution honored four winners of the annual Flag Essay Contest at the May meeting at The Otesaga.  The Flag Essay Award went to Paul Crowell, front, son of Melodee and Dan Crowell, Fly Creek.  Good Citizenship Awards went to Zeyneb Henderson, left, daughter of Layla Henderson, Milford; Megan Wilmot, center, daughter of Teresa and Gerry Wilmot, Cherry Valley; and Thomas Knight, right, son of Susan and Eric Knight, Cooperstown.
Coop Seniors Rock Out At Prom

Coop Seniors Rock Out At Prom

Mike Toulson, lead singer of the band “Flux Capacitor” and Cooperstown High School math teacher, rocks out as Cooperstown Senior Christopher Mateunas (In the red vest) looks on. The senior class filled the Otesaga ballroom for a night of elegant fashion, and plenty of dancing. (Parker Fish/
Cotillion Glamour

Cotillion Glamour

Lining up for a portrait in front of Otsego Lake’s famed vistas as the 60th Cooperstown Ballroom Cotillion began last evening at The Otesaga are, from left, Henry Michaels, Ashton Jicha, Theodore Ignatovsky, Ben van der Riet, Gavin Henry, Luca Gardner-Olesen, Declan White and Sam Vezza. At left, mom and daughter combination, Jean Marie and Jessica Cocivi, battle high winds as they pose for photos. (Jim Kevlin/


Future Of The Park


PUBLIC MEETING – 7 – 8 p.m. Help enhance Huntington Park. Tina Winstead, Library Director, presents the conceptual design and the community is invited to give ideas and feedback. Help create a beautiful and welcoming park. Huntington Memorial Library, 62 Chestnut St., Oneonta. Call 607-432-1980 or visit

ART STUDIO – 3:30 p.m. Young artists and their families are invited to explore basic art techniques, from acrylics to water colors. All welcome. Arkell Museum, 2 Erie Blvd., Canajoharie. Call 518-673-2314 or visit

Friends Of Bassett Soiree Raises $160,000 For O-R

Friends Of Bassett Soiree

Raises $160,000 For O-R

Guest of Honor Gerry Miller, fifth from right, a long-time Bassett surgical staff member, poses with family at the Valentine’s Soiree.

COOPERSTOWN – The Friends of Bassett’s second Valentine’s Soiree attracted 400 celebrants and raised $160,000 for a new state-of-the-art operating room at the Cooperstown hospital.

The live auction and raffles contributed more than $20,000 of the total proceeds.

They’re The Tops, Oscar Avers As Winning Businesses Toasted

They’re The Tops, Oscar Avers

As Winning Businesses Toasted

A life-size Oscar looks on approvingly at this evening’s honorees at the Otsego County Chamber’s 18th annual Banquet & Celebration of Small Business, now underway at The Otesaga. Center right, Springbrook President Patricia Kennedy and Finance Committee chair Bill Mirabito accepted the Breakthrough Award. Center left, Barbara Roberts and Joan Fox accepted the Small Business Award on behalf of their Keller Williams realty network.   Hartwick College’s Allison Homler, left, and SUNY Oneonta’s Matthew Coville, right, were Interns of the Year.  A new format – an evening of networking – was tested this year:  The awards were presented first, then the 250 guests went through a buffet line and circulated, introducing themselves of other guests, chatting and snacking.  The big Oscar was created by Ian Austin of Oneonta for the Fox Hospital’s recent annual gala, but is now making the circuit of the season’s social events.  (Jim Kevlin/
Inside, Outside The Otesaga, Roger Stone Stirs Reactions

Inside, Outside The Otesaga,

Roger Stone Stirs Reactions

Veteran Republican consultant Roger Stone, top photo, left, shares insights with, from right, Otsego County Republican chairman Vince Casale, Lynne Krogh and Sheriff Richard J. Devlin Jr. last evening at the annual county Republican Dinner at The Otesaga.  Stone, who has recently published “The Making of The American President 2016,” said the Netflix movie based on the book has caused a spike in sales.  Controversial dating back to his days as an operative for President Richard M. Nixon, as well as his friendship with President Trump, Stone’s appearance also stirred a protest across Lake Street from the resort hotel, led by Maguire Benton, president of the Otsego County Young Democrats, in photo at left.  With him are Toni McGrath, right, and Anita Pratt, both of Delmar, where they belong to a “huddle,” a group seeking to apply lessons learned at the Women’s March in Washington in January.  (Jim Kevlin/

In Renovated Hawkeye, All Diners View Otsego Lake

In Renovated Hawkeye Grill,

All Diners View Otsego Lake

Jim Miles, The Otesaga’s general manager, gestures toward the new expanded and renovated Hawkeye Bar & Grill, which reopened for business at noon today after four months of renovations, which moved the bar into the former Templeton Lounge and expanded seating by 20 tables, with a wall of windows facing Otsego Lake. The former bar area was converted to two private dining rooms, The Templeton and The Pioneer, with a “wall of wine,” holding over 1,000 bottles, separating them. Miles reported that the lunch crowd was “complimentary” about the changes, and he expected a strong showing for dinner this evening.    Last evening, Jane Forbes Clark, president of The Leatherstocking Corp., which owns The Otesaga, held a reception for all the contractors.  (Ian Austin/
‘Repeal, Replace’ Bill Phony, Backers Know It, Streck Says

‘Repeal, Replace’ Bill Phony,

Backers Know It, Streck Says

Former Bassett CEO Speaks To Providers At Otesaga
HANYS’ Bill Streck fields a question from Vance Brown, his successor as Bassett president/CEO, at today’s LCHP symposium at The Otesaga.  (Jim Kevlin /

By JIM KEVLIN • Special to

COOPERSTOWN – The American Health Care Act, proclaimed as a replacement for Obamacare, is “stealth” legislation that doesn’t do what its supporters purport it will – and they know it.

Former Bassett CEO Bill Streck delivered that message today at a daylong symposium of  the Leatherstocking Collaborative Health Partners at The Otesaga.  The LCHP includes all providers of health-related services locally, from Springbrook and Pathfinder Village to LEAF.


Today’s lead editorial in the New York Times

Piece in yesterday’s Harvard Business Review

“It’s getting harder and harder to pretend:  It’s just a bad bill,” he said.  Congress is expected to vote on the bill tomorrow.

Streck, now chief innovation officer for HANYS (the state Hospital Association), outlined three example of how the ACHA (Speaker Paul Ryan’s American Health Care Act) doesn’t do, or even intends to do, as a prospective replacement to the ACA (Obamacare, or the Affordable Care Act):

Opioid Stakeholder Summit Underway In Cooperstown

Opioid Stakeholder Summit

Underway In Cooperstown

Dr. Andrew Kolodny, center, co-director of opioid policy research at Brandeis University, is keynoter this evening at a CNY Heroin & Opioid Key Stakeholder Summit: “A Call to Action,” sponsored by Bassett Healthcare and Leatherstocking Collaborative Health Partners at The Otesaga. Others, from left, are James Anderson, PhD, moderator of the Community Response Panel, Dr. Richard Brown, Bassett outpatient psychology, state Sen. Jim Seward, R-Milford, a co-sponsor, Dr. Brian White, Bassett interventional pain management, Julie Dostal, PhD, LEAF executive director, and Dr. Steven Heneghan, Bassett chief clinical officer.   (Jim Kevlin/



COOPERSTOWN – The Cooperstown Chamber of Commerce is announcing its first entries in its Hall of Fame.  Bruce Markusen is in the process of announcing eight winners:

  1. Church & Scott Pharmacy
  2.  The Clark Sports Center
  3. Fly Creek Cider Mill
  4. The Freeman’s Journal & Hometown Oneonta
  5. Hyde Hall
  6. The Inn at Cooperstown
  7.  Mohican Flowers
  8. The Otesaga

The eight winners will be honored at a reception in the Baseball Hall of Fame’s Hall of Plaques in April, part of the Cooperstown Chamber’s celebration of its 100th anniversary.

Enjoy Final Evening Of Fun At 50th Cooperstown Carnival

Enjoy Final Evening Of Fun

At 50th Cooperstown Carnival

4-9 p.m. – Fire & Ice Bar, The Otesaga
5 p.m. – Carnival Closer, Cooperstown Farmers’ Market
5:30-9 p.m. – Hawkeye Special, The Otesaga
7-9 p.m. – Paint ‘n’ Sip, Pail Shop Winery, Fly Creek
7:30 p.m. – Annie & The Hedonists, Cooperstown Concert Series, The Otesaga
8 p.m. – 2017 Lip Sync Battle & Flux Capacitor, Cooperstown Farmers’ Market


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