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Wake up your extremities with Clark race and regional hikes
Left to right: Pearson, Richard, and Rocco Ough run the Clark Center’s Frozen Toes race in 2018.

Wake up your extremities with Clark race and regional hikes

By Patrick Dewey

If you’re looking for opportunities to experience exhilaration and local winter scenery, both the Clark Sports Center and Otsego Outdoors have activities that might just be your next adventure.

The Clark Sports Center Frozen Toes 5-mile Race and 2.5-mile Fun Run

The Clark Sports Center hosts its third Frozen Toes 5-mile race and first-ever 2.5-mile Fun Run, each kicking off on Saturday, January 22 at 11 a.m. The races take runners around the Center’s property perimeter, with fields, wooded areas, and significant hills.

Special Events Director Doug McCoy said runners will likely encounter snow, with the race happening regardless of weather.

A maze runs through it: Fly Creek Corn Maze opens for the season, promises spooky nights, weekend events
The Fly Creek Corn Maze has children’s activities but also stages nighttime events for adults. (contributed)

A maze runs through it

Fly Creek Corn Maze opens for the season, promises spooky nights, weekend events

By PATRICK DEWEY • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com

The Fly Creek Valley Corn Maze & Pumpkin Patch recently opened for its fourth season and will remain open through October.

The Fly Creek Valley Farm, where the maze is situated, has been in the Pernat family for more than 100 years, but the maze opened in 2018.

HOW SWEET IT IS! Jacob Russell, Patrick Dewey Among Top 30% Boston Marathon Finishers

HOW SWEET IT IS!

Jacob Russell, Patrick Dewey Among

Top 30% Boston Marathon Finishers

Jacob Russell flashes a grin at Patrick Dewey’s sister, Sarah, who snapped this photo Monday as Boston Marathon participants ran by.

By LIBBY CUDMORE • The Freeman’s Journal & Hometown Oneonta

COOPERSTOWN – Patrick Dewey knew just how to help Jacob Russell get up the Boston Marathon’s infamous Heartbreak Hill, the half-mile uphill stretch just past the 20-mile mark.

“He was humming Led Zepplin’s ‘Heartbreaker’, appropriately,” said Russell. “It really gave me encouragement. It was a challenge, but it’s not as bad as the Sleeping Lion!”

The pair, who have been racing together since 2012, completed their first Boston Marathon on Monday, April 15, finishing fifth among wheelchair-racing duos with a time of 3:28:53.

“It’s our best marathon time yet,” Jacob said. “And for it to be the one we’ve been working for all these years is really fantastic.”

THEY’RE OFF!: Jacob Russell, Patrick Dewey In Boston Marathon

THEY’RE OFF!

Jacob Russell, Patrick Dewey In Boston Marathon

Pals since their days at Cooperstown Central, Jacob Russell, left, and Patrick Dewey are on the move at this hour, competing in the 2019 Boston Marathon. Judy Steiner Grin of Fly Creek, inset, took and photo and had her photo taken with a banner she prepared to let Jacob and Patrick that fans from their hometown were on hand.  The team have surpassed their fundraising goal of $10,000, which will benefit Paul Newman’s Hole in the Wall Gang camp for seriously ill children, in Ashford, Conn.  Jacob is graduating in May from Harvard, and Patrick from Edinboro in Pennsylvania.

BASE Race Kicks Off Day Of Celebration
HALL OF FAME CLASSIC 2017

BASE Race Kicks Off

Day Of Celebration

In his unmistakable bright yellow, Oneonta’s Brandon Gardner, who’s been running distance events since he was 8 years old, accelerates from the starting line at this morning’s Hall of Fame BASE Race, which starts and end in Cooperstown’s Doubleday Field.  This is the sixth BASE race – it stands for “Be A Superior Example.”  Fees collected help underwrite a Hall program aimed at encouraging young athletes to embrace healthy – non-steroid – lifestyles.  At right, two Cooperstown running pals – Jacob Miller and Patrick Dewey – were competing together again, as they have since their days at Cooperstown Central.  They’ve just completed their sophomore years, Jacob at Harvard and Patrick at Edinboro University in western Pennsylvania.  (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)

GOP Challenging Signature Of Voter With Cerebral Palsy

GOP Challenging Signature

Of Voter With Cerebral Palsy

Democratic Chair Asks Rick Hulse To Withdraw Lawsuit

Republicans are challenge Patrick Dewey's signature on Democrat Andy Marietta's petitions to run for the District 8 seat on the county Board of Representatives.  Because he has Cerebral Palsy and cannot sign his name, Dewey uses a stamp, then write his "mark" above it.  (allotsego.com photo)
Republicans are challenging Patrick Dewey’s signature on Democrat Andy Marietta’s petitions to run for the District 8 seat on the county Board of Representatives. Because he has Cerebral Palsy and cannot sign his name, Dewey uses a stamp, then writes his “mark” above it. (allotsego.com photos)

By JIM KEVLIN • for allotsego.com

Patrick Dewey.  The pluckky lad earned a standing ovation on graduating from CCS with honors.
Patrick Dewey. The plucky lad earned a standing ovation on graduating from CCS with honors in June.

COOPERSTOWN – Since he has Cerebral Palsy, Patrick Dewey is unable to sign his name: Instead, he uses a rubber stamp with his “mark” above it.

That’s not good enough for the county Republican Committee, according to Democratic Committee chair Richard Abbate of Cooperstown.

Abbate, left, and Casale set aside partisan rancor at the Cooperstown Rotary's election day pancake breakfast last November.
Abbate, left, and Casale set aside partisan rancor at the Cooperstown Rotary’s election day pancake breakfast last November.

In a lawsuit challenging the petitions of Democratic candidate Andrew Marietta, who is running against Republican county Rep. Rick Hulse for the Cooperstown-Town of Otsego seat, the GOP is seeking to knock off Patrick’s signature.

“Rick knows him (Patrick) personally,” said Abbate, and he called for Hulse to withdraw the challenge to Marietta’s petitions.  Hulse didn’t immediately return a call, but his response will be added to this post when received.

Dewey received a standing ovation at CCS’ commencement Sunday, June 28, when he graduated with honors.  He plans to attend Edinboro University in Pennsylvania and pursue a career in radio.

“It’s things like this that gives the political process a bad reputation and makes people not want to get involved,” said Abbate.

“He’s only half right,” responded GOP county chair Vince Casale, also of Cooperstown.  “He’s half right, because people are upset with politicians who skirt the law … There are thousands of candidates across the state that had to follow the same set of rules, and nobody is exempt from that.”

Overcoming Adversity

IN THE WEEK’S FREEMAN’S JOURNAL

Overcoming Adversity

Stricken with cerebral palsy, Cooperstown's Patrick Dewey overcame adversity, graduating with honors from Cooperstown Central School last month to a standing ovation.  He's off to Edinboro University this fall, looking toward a career in radio.  Reporter Libby Cudmore tells his story in this week's Freeman's Journal, no newsstands this afternoon.  (Ian Austin photo for allotsego.com)
Stricken with cerebral palsy, Cooperstown’s Patrick Dewey overcame adversity, graduating with honors from Cooperstown Central School last month to a standing ovation. He’s off to Edinboro University this fall, looking toward a career in radio. Reporter Libby Cudmore tells his story in this week’s Freeman’s Journal, on newsstands this afternoon. (Ian Austin photo for allotsego.com)
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