Editorial: Summer Heats

Here in this beautiful county of ours it turns out we have been, and still are, extremely lucky. The killing heat that has settled on most of the rest of the world has not come to us. Yet. Even last weekend’s Hall of Fame Induction survived excessive heat damage, with the many baseball fans who traditionally flock to Cooperstown to sit out in the sun endlessly: hoping for attention from their idols negotiating the golf course; lurking at the gates…


Furever Friends and Purrfect Pals

Furever Friends and Purrfect Pals Animals are good for us. They offer emotional support. They listen. They do not judge. And they are there when we feel lonely. They increase our opportunities to get outside, to exercise and to socialize. They love us unconditionally. This new weekly photo series highlights our pets—whether furry, feathered or scaled; with fins, paws or hooves—in recognition of the important role they play in our lives. We invite you to send your pictures to Every…


Nosey Little Nelson

Nosey Little Nelson MARYLAND—Nelson, curious little companion of Arlene Nygren and Judith Sobers, peeks out from behind a vase of tulips. Nelson is the first four-legged, furry and/or feathered subject to be featured in our new weekly photo series highlighting animals and the important role they play in our lives. We invite you to send your pictures to Every week, we’ll select at least one photograph to be highlighted in the newspapers and online.…


HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO: Baseball Cards In Pop Culture 06-03-20

HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for  WEDNESDAY, JUNE 3 Baseball Cards In Pop Culture FIELD TRIP – 1 p.m. Learn about history of pop culture through study of baseball cards, application of baseball terminology to everyday life. Learn about the effect of the Civil War on the growth of the game, tobacco and gum cards, more with the Baseball Hall of Fame. Registration required. Visit for info.…



HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for WEDNESDAY, APRIL 29 Sign Up To Get Pets Vaccinated RABIES CLINIC – 1 – 6 p.m. Free rabies vaccination for cats, dogs, ferrets. Scheduling for 30 minute intervals to follow social distancing. First come, first serve. Susquehanna SPCA, Rt. 28, Cooperstown. 607-547-4230 or visit…


SSPCA’s PETS Team Rescues Cat ‘Birdie’, Speared Through Eye

SSPCA’s PETS Team Rescues Cat ‘Birdie’, Speared Through Eye Staffer Showed How Trained Personnel Can Respond In Emergency, Director Says MARYLAND – Birdie the cat, stuck to a bird feeder with a wire piercing its eye, was rescued June 13 by the county’s new animal cruelty task force, PETS (Prevention, Education, Training and Systems), the SSPCA announced today. It was feared the cat would have to be put down but, with care and treatment at the Hartwick Seminary shelter, it…


Animal Cruelty Task Force Meets, Renames Self PETS

TASK FORCE TO START TRAINING OFFICERS Animal Cruelty Task Force Meets, Renames Self PETS By LIBBY CUDMORE • Special to COOPERSTOWN – PETS, Stacie Haynes said, are the county’s tools for combating animal cruelty. “PETS stands for Prevention, Education, Training and Systems,” said Haynes, Susquehanna SPCA executive director. “That is the new name we have given the Animal Cruelty Task Force.” The group, which formed in February, met this morning at the county Sheriff’s Department offices to agree on…

Putting the Community Back Into the Newspaper

Now through July 31st, new or lapsed annual subscribers to the hard copy “Freeman’s Journal” (which also includes unlimited access to, or electronically to, can also give back to one of their favorite Otsego County charitable organizations.

$5.00 of your subscription will be donated to the nonprofit of your choice:

Cooperstown Farmers’ Market, Cooperstown Food Pantry, Greater Oneonta Historical Society or Super Heroes Humane Society.