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Otsego Land Trust

Majority Takes Hold,  Sells Mountaintop Lot To Otsego Land Trust

DRAMA AT COUNTY BOARD

Majority Takes Hold, 

Sells Mountaintop Lot

To Otsego Land Trust

Concern: Non-Profit Won’t Pay Property Taxes
The 87-acre Rose Hill property adjoins the Otsego Land Trust’s 85-acre Fetterlee Forest on the mountaintop at right, overlooking Canadarago Lake and Trust-owned Deowongo Island, at left.

By JIM KEVLIN • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com

County Rep. Peter Oberacker, R-Schenevus, tells his colleagues it would take 497 years of county taxes on Rose Hill to make up the $151,000 the Otsego Land Trust wants to pay for it right now.   At left is Rep. Michelle Farwell, D-Butternuts/Morris/Pittsfield. (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)

COOPERSTOWN – A coalition of Republican and Democratic reps took control of the floor at this morning’s county Board of Representatives’ meeting and approved the $151,000 sale of the 87-acre Rose Hill property to the Otsego Land Trust, a non-profit not required to pay property taxes.

The land, atop Panther Mountain on the north end of the Town of Otsego, connects with the Land Trust’s 85-acre Fetterlee Forest, doubling the trust’s holding, which features a scenic overlook of Canadarago Lake and Deowongo Island, as well as hiking trails.

The sale had been stymied in the county board’s committee system since April, failing to pass the Public Works Committee, then failing to pass the Administrative Committee. Normally, that would have ended it.

HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SUNDAY, JUNE 30, 2019
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SUNDAY, JUNE 30

Glimmerglass Opera Concert

To Benefit Springfield Parade

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NO FIREWORKS – An item that appeared here for a few minutes was incorrect:  Fireworks are planned Friday, July 5, at Brookwood Gardens, not tomorrow.

CONCERT – 3 p.m. Town of Springfield Appreciation Concert will offer an overview of The Glimmerglass Opera’s 2019 season. Proceeds will benefit the Springfield 4th of July Committee. Alice Busch Opera Theater, 7300 NY-80, Cooperstown. Info, 315-858-0304 or visit www.glimmerglass.org

HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 12
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 12

Fly Tying For Spring Fishing

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FLY TYING CLASS – 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. Join Otsego Land Trust for fly tying demonstrations, lessons with Craig Buckbee, licensed fishing guide, master certified instructor with Fly Fishers International. Equipment, materials provided. Prepare for spring fly casting/fishing workshop. Pizza, beverages provided. Pre-registration recommended. Pine Lake Environmental Campus, 1894 Charlotte Creek Rd., Oneonta. 607-547-2366 ext. 108 or visit www.otsegolandtrust.org/the-news/programs-a-events/429-fly-tying-class-december-12

HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 3
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 3

Day Of The Dead Celebration

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FAMILY PROGRAM – Noon – 2 p.m. Celebrate Latino Heritage month with Day of the Dead event. Make paper flowers, learn about Mexican traditions, listen to story time, more. Participants encouraged to bring photo of loved one who’s passed away. Designed for children aged 4-12 + family. Light snacks provided. Cooperstown Village Library. 607-547-8344 or visit www.facebook.com/VillageLibraryOfCooperstown/

FUNDRAISER – 10:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. Construct you cat a cardboard castle with Superheroes in Ripped Jeans. Materials provided. Bring goods or monetary donation. 3rd floor, Community Room, Huntington Memorial Library, 62 Chestnut St., Oneonta. 607-432-1980 or visit www.facebook.com/hmloneonta/

HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SATURDAY, OCTOBER 20
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SATURDAY, OCTOBER 20

Pony Palooza!

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PONY PALOOZA – 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Horse rescue opens doors for family friendly celebration. Includes pony hugs, tours, games, local vendors, rides, food, face painting, more. Rosemary Farm, 1646 Roses Brook Road, South Kortright. 607-538-1200 or visit www.facebook.com/RosemaryFarm/

HOPS FOR HISTORY – 2 – 8 p.m. Downtown venues offer food pairings with local beers. Tickets, $30 day-of. Available only at Oneonta History Center, 183 Main St., Oneonta. 607-432-0960 or visit www.oneontahistory.org

HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 2
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 2

Fine Arts On The Lawn

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FINE ARTS – 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Fine arts on the lawn features works for sale by local artists, members of CAA. Cooperstown Art Association. 607-547-9777 or visit www.cooperstownart.com

WEST KORTRIGHT FAIR – Noon – 6 p.m. Celebrate regions agricultural bounty with afternoon of fun, music, food. Live music features PALEFACE, Richie and Rosie, The Big Takeover. Enjoy local food, group art show, silent auction, rummage sale, activities, local vendors, more. West Kortright Center, 49 West Kortright Church Road, East Meredith. 607-278-5454 or visit westkc.org/event/west-kortright-fair-2018/

HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for THURSDAY, AUGUST 30
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for THURSDAY, AUGUST 30

Community Folk Art Exhibit

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OPENING RECEPTION – 5:30 – 7 p.m. Community exhibit “Finding Our Roots” featuring works by Janet and Charles Munro. Showing thru 9/30. Free, open to public. The Fenimore Art Museum, Cooperstown. 607-547-1400 or visit www.fenimoreartmuseum.org

AUDITIONS – 4 – 6:30 p.m. Love to Sing? Try out for the winter concert Messe de Minuit pour Noel by Marc-Antione Charpentier, a work based on French Christmas Carols. All voices welcome. Bass & Tenor always needed. Sight reading not required. First Presbyterian Church, 296 Main St., Oneonta. 607-431-6060 to schedule audition or visit catskillchoralsociety.com for more information.

HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for THURSDAY, AUGUST 23
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for THURSDAY, AUGUST 23

Beginnings Of Baseball

Trading Card Game

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COMMUNITY PROGRAM – 6:30 p.m. Learn how the baseball card game began with Hall of Fame librarian Jim Gates in “The Origins of Trading Cards.” Woodside Hall, 1 Main St., Cooperstown. 607-547-0600, ext. 101 or visit www.facebook.com/Woodside.Hall/

PARK WALK – 6:30 – 8 p.m. Walk through norther portion of park with Patricia Riddell Kent and Steve Kent. Visit historic building, fields, forests along Schenevus creek on mostly flat terrain. Riddell State Park, Davenport. 607-432-2114 or visit occainfo.org/calendar/a-walk-on-the-flat-side-riddell-state-park/

HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 22
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 22

Discover History

Of Brookwood Point

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HISTORY TOUR – 6 p.m. Learn about Brookwood Point from Native American era to the founding of Cooperstown, to present day with Ed Rowley. Brookwood Point, 6000 St. Hwy. 80, Cooperstown. Call 607-547-2236 or visit otsegolandtrust.org/the-news/programs-a-events/417-brookwood-point-history-and-garden-tours

LECTURE SERIES – 6:30 – 8 p.m. Learn about new technologies to reduce heating costs, greenhouse gas emissions with Otsego County Conservation Association. Community Room, Clark Sports Center, Cooperstown. 607-547-4488 or visit occainfo.org/calendar/be-informed-lecture-series-heat-smart-otsego/

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