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Otsego lake association

Take Control! Consider Otsego Lake Association

EDITORIAL

Take Control! Consider

Otsego Lake Association

Annual Meeting at 9 a.m. This Saturday

Otsego Lake Association Co-Presidents David Sanford, left, and Jim Howarth, right, chat with boat stewards Sierra Stickney, Oneonta, and Luis Suatoni, Springfield Center, at the boat-cleaning station at Cooperstown’s Lakefront Park. (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)

With so many areas of American life seemingly spinning out of control, there’s a contrary example in the Otsego Lake Association (OLA).

Its “100-percent volunteers,” according to Jim Howarth, co-president with David Sanford, are focused on a common mission: “Protecting the health, beauty and wellbeing” of the lake.

OLA stalwart Paul Lord shows a sample of the
European Frog Bit, Otsego Lake’s latest invasive.

Listening to them, it’s clear:  Local volunteers, working together, can get a lot done.

There are larger non-profit, governmental and educational entities focused on the wellbeing of James Fenimore Cooper’s Glimmerglass, a national environmental icon – the OCCA, Otsego 2000, SUNY Oneonta’s Biological Field Station (BFS), the Susquehanna River Basin Commission, to name only a few – but the nimble OLA is a PT boat amid, if not aircraft carriers, the mid-size cruisers.

In advance of its annual meeting – this Saturday, Aug. 10, at Cooperstown’s Fairy Spring Park on East Lake Road; coffee and donuts at 8:30 a.m., with the meeting at 9-11 a.m., including conferring the annual Lake Citizen Award – Howarth and Sanford stopped by the other day to help raise the visibility of a story of accomplishment.

Like many OLA members, the two motivations came out of many happy personal experiences. Sanford recalls when commercial fishing was still allowed on the lake, and a daily staple at the Cooperstown Diner was Otsego Bass caught that morning. A student at SUNY Oneonta in the 1970s, Howarth remembers renting a motorbike from Thayer’s at $5 a day to take his future bride Susan onto the lake. Or a canoe ride, $2 a day.

OCCA Executive Orzetti Lake Association’s ‘Citizen’

OCCA Executive Orzetti

Lake Association’s ‘Citizen’

At the Otsego Lake Association’s 25th annual meeting Saturday at the Glimmerglass Festival, Paul H. Lord, Biological Field Station dive master, left, congratulates Master Scuba Diver Dale E. Webster, who received the OLA’s 2018 Diver Commendation Award.  In the center is Leslie Orzetti, executive director, Otsego County Conservation Association, who received the Lake Citizen Award.  The program, “Winter on Otsego Lake,” was presented by Tom Heitz.  (Paul Donnelly photos for AllOTSEGO.com)
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SATURDAY, AUG. 12
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SATURDAY, AUG. 12

Tour County Farms

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FAMILY FARM DAY – 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Visit local farms in Otsego and Schoharie counties and bring home a cooler of farm fresh goods. Call (518) 234-4303, ext. 119 or visit FamilyFarmDay.org

CLOSING CONCERT – 8 p.m. End the season with an exploration of feminine sovereignty through dance, song, and text by Laura Carelss, dancer, choreographer, and actress, in the World Premier of “She Wolves.” Tickets, $15 adults, $12 youth, seniors, and veterans. The Church, at the decommissioned Baptist Church, 2381 St. Hwy. 205, Mount Vision. www.upsi-ny.com/upcoming-events-news/

New Boat-Washing Station Expected At Cooperstown’s Lakefront Park By ’16

New Boat-Washing Station Expected

At Cooperstown’s Lakefront Park In ’16

Paul Lord, an Otsego Lake Association board member from the Town of Otsego, reports a boat-washing station, aimed at preventing invasive species from entering Glimmerglass' waters, will be functioning in Cooperstown's Lakefront Park by next May.  The apparatus, which will be next to the park's restrooms on Fish Road, will be connected with the village's wastewater system to speed up the process of filling and emptying a portable pool.  Also at the meeting, held on the porch of the Otsego Golf Course clubhouse at the lake's north end, also including a report on historic structures around the lake by CGP Professors Cindy Falk and Will Walker,.  Tim Pokorny, a biologist at SUNY Oneonta's Biological Field Station, reported that zebra mussels have made the lake's waters so clear that alewives, introduced illegally into the lake in 1985, can now be seen by their natural predators and have all but disappeared, allowing native fish -- trout, smelt and whitefish -- to rebound strongly.  (Jim Kevlin/allotsego.com)
Paul Lord, an Otsego Lake Association board member from the Town of Otsego, reports a new boat-washing station, aimed at preventing invasive species from entering Glimmerglass’ waters, will be functioning in Cooperstown’s Lakefront Park by next May. The apparatus, which will be next to the park’s restrooms on Fish Road, will be connected with the village’s wastewater system to speed up a process that now involves filling and emptying a portable pool. Also at the meeting, held on the porch of the Otsego Golf Course clubhouse at the lake’s north end, there was a report on historic structures around the lake by CGP Professors Cindy Falk and Will Walker. Tim Pokorny, a biologist at SUNY Oneonta’s Biological Field Station, reported that zebra mussels have made the lake’s waters so clear that alewives, introduced illegally into the lake in 1985, can now be seen by their natural predators and have all but disappeared, allowing native fish – trout, smelt and whitefish – to rebound strongly. (Jim Kevlin/allotsego.com)
2nd Annual Boat Parade Circles Otsego Lake

2nd Annual Boat Parade Circles Otsego Lake

The Otsego Lake Association's webmaster Tim Pokorny sent along images of the OLA's second annual Fourth of July Boat Parade, which sailed from Three Mile Point last evening, passed Cooperstown's Lake Front Park, then went back to its beginning.  Tim also sent a link to more photos.
The Otsego Lake Association’s webmaster Tim Pokorny sent along images of the OLA’s second annual Fourth of July Boat Parade, which sailed from Three Mile Point last evening, passed Cooperstown’s Lake Front Park, then went back to its beginning. Tim also sent a link to more photos.
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