News of Otsego County



Learn The Art Of
Black & White Photography

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PHOTOGRAPHY—6:30 p.m. Explore the beauty and craft of black and white photography in three sessions hosted through Zoom on March 14, 21 and 28. Presented by the Huntington Memorial Library, Oneonta. (607) 432-1980 or visit

TAX PREP—6-8 p.m. Get ready for tax season with the IRS Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program. Hartwick college accounting students certified by the IRS, with their professor, will be available to provide one-on-one assistance in preparing individual tax returns. Either in person or online. Held at the Golisago Hall, 2nd Floor, Hartwick College, Oneonta. (607) 431-4338 or visit

Exhibit Featuring Photography of HoF Pitcher Randy Johnson Planned

Exhibit Featuring Photography of
HoF Pitcher Randy Johnson Planned

The first-ever solo photography exhibition by Hall of Fame pitcher Randy Johnson, featuring images captured during his trek across Africa, begins on April 1 at Fenimore Art Museum. (Photo by Randy Johnson)

Hall of Fame pitcher Randy Johnson will share his 40-year passion for photography in his first-ever solo exhibition at Fenimore Art Museum beginning April 1, 2023. “Randy Johnson: Storytelling with Photographs” features an array of images captured by Johnson during his treks across Africa. The work includes intimate shots of the people he engaged with and the abundance of wildlife he encountered. Johnson’s accompanying written account partners with the vibrant imagery, weaving together a visually appealing grand tour of the continent.

“I’ve been fortunate to have the opportunity to travel the world and capture rare moments,” said Johnson. “All of my photos tell a story, but none of these are more meaningful than the ones I was able to collect during my time in Africa.

The images reflect my experiences with the people and wildlife there.”

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.

In Memoriam Kernan Cross, 75 1948-2023
In Memoriam

Kernan Cross, 75


BRUNSWICK, ME—Kernan Cross, a central New York native and Cooperstown Central School graduate, passed away January 13 in Brunswick, Maine. He resided in Boothbay Harbor, Maine from 1973 until a recent move to Wiscasset, Maine. He was 75.

Kernan’s open manner earned many friends. Customers of Main Street Photo in Damariscotta, Maine, which he owned for many years, often stopped by just to visit. He also built strong relationships through his volunteer and artistic activities.He was known for his humor and playfulness, highlighted by his wit and by the rubber ducks that appeared magically in his wake. His easy-going traits worked with his thoughtfulness and expertise in several fields to make him an influential presence in many lives.

First Impressions: Our Cultural Landscape Just Grew Richer
First Impressions

Our Cultural Landscape
Just Grew Richer

STANLEY KUBRICK, LONDON, 1969 (Photo by Dmitri Kasterine)

The Kasterine Farm is tucked into a charming valley in the Town of Exeter in northern Otsego County. The owners, Dmitri and Caroline Kasterine, are newcomers to the area, and they bring a wealth of cultural richness to our community. On December 10, the couple held an opening reception of their photography gallery, presenting to the attendees a stunning collection of photographs, the lifework of Dmitri.

The Unknowns: Family Photos, Geneology Are Mysteries Waiting To Be Solved
The Unknowns by Maureen Culbert

Family Photos, Geneology Are
Mysteries Waiting To Be Solved

Old photos may provide clues that help identify their subjects. (Photo provided)

At a recent garage sale in Cooperstown, I purchased an old frame with a woman’s photo in it. Not known to the seller, he said to me, “instant relative.” As I returned home, I got to wondering about the woman and her story, which of course has been lost to time. She is part of the “unknowns,” and our historical society, like many others, has numerous photos of people who, like her, are in limbo from lack of identification.

Renowned Portrait Artist Brings Photo Exhibit to Richfield Springs

Renowned Portrait Artist Brings
Photo Exhibit to Richfield Springs


Queen Elizabeth II is just one of the famous personalities photographed by Kasterine. (Photo by Dmitri Kasterine)

RICHFIELD SPRINGS – After two years of living in Otsego County, Dmitri Kasterine, a photographer whose work hangs in both the Smithsonian and London’s National Portrait Gallery, is opening a free exhibit of his work to the surrounding community. Located at 1441 County Highway 23 in Richfield Springs, the event will feature a vast portrait collection from throughout the artist’s career—subjects ranging from Queen Elizabeth II to Jean Michel Basquiat—on Saturday, December 10 from 5-7 p.m.

Kasterine’s career brought him in contact with numerous cultural icons of the previous century, especially while living in New York City during the 1980s, where he admitted the artists were “much more accessible” than today.

Send Us Your Fall Photos

Send Us Your Fall Photos

Photo: The Farmers’ Museum, Tara Barnwell

Some of the trees are already thinking it is Fall and changing their outfits. Even though it is still early in September, you will surely see the pumpkins and apples starting to appear everywhere. Please send us your Autumn-inspired photos to go here in our newspapers and on

All submitted photos should be taken within Otsego County. It is the editor’s discretion as to which ones will be chosen. Please send your photo, and include your name and the location where the photo was taken, to

Alan Lincourt Photos on Display

Alan Lincourt Photos on Display

Local photographer Alan Lincourt has been capturing images of the Leatherstocking region for more than 50 years and has his first public
showcase of his collection of photography on display in the lobby of the Heroes of Baseball Wax Museum, located at 99 Main Street in Cooperstown. Mr. Lincourt has photos highlighting the beautiful landscapes of The Village of Cooperstown and the immediate surrounding area. The exhibit can be seen through October 9.
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO: Golden Hour Photography at The Farmer’s Museum 05-23-22

Golden Hour Photography
at The Farmer’s Museum


PHOTOGRAPHY – 6:30 p.m. Visit the museum’s historic village with your camera at the ‘golden’ hour just before sunset. Staff member Kevin Gray will walk you through the ground and provide tips on photo composition, more to send you home with fantastic photos. Cost, $17/non-member. The Farmers’ Museum, Cooperstown. 607-547-1450 or visit

HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO: Catskill Choral Society Returns 04-30-22

Catskill Choral Society Returns


MOZART CONCERT – 7 p.m. The Catskill Choral Society returns to the stage after a 2 year pandemic silence to celebrate 50 years of making music with their spring concert titled ‘How Can We Keep From Singing.’ The concert will feature the beloved Mozart Requiem accompanied by a full Orchestra. The program will begin with light choral pieces by such composers as Bernstein, Alice Parker, Samuel Barber, and Gwyneth Walker. Tickets, $25/adult. Available at The Green Earth, Oneonta, and Cooperstown Natural Foods. Hosted at The First United Methodist Church, 66 Chestnut St., Oneonta. Visit

MEDICATION TAKE-BACK-DAY – 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Got unused medication? Avoid the risk of having dangerous unused medications in the house and take them to a DEA take-back-location. Otsego County location is The Otsego County Sheriff’s Office, 172 Co. Hwy. 33W, Cooperstown. 607-547-4271 or visit

HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO: Photographer/World Traveler Shares Stories From 6 Decades 04-05-22

Photographer/World Traveler
Shares Stories From 6 Decades


PHOTOGRAPHY – 6 p.m. Photographer Dmitri Kasterine presents ‘Photographs and Encounters’ featuring pictures he’s taken in his 60 years of photography, from Queen Elizabeth II to Mick Jagger, and more. Village Library of Cooperstown. 607-547-8344 or visit

HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO: Opening Reception for Oneonta Artists Exhibit 03-05-22

Opening Reception for
Oneonta Artists Exhibit


OPENING RECEPTION – 5 – 8 p.m. Celebrate the Annual Community Arts Network of Oneonta Member Show as it returns from a 2 year hiatus. Come see what local artists have been working on. On view through 3/19. CANO, Wilber Mansion, 11 Ford Ave., Oneonta. 607-432-2070 or visit

Patricia Emily Mollach Cassidy World Traveler, taught photography & fashion

In Memoriam

Patricia Emily Mollach Cassidy

World Traveler, taught
photography & fashion

Patricia Emily Mollach Cassidy

COOPERSTOWN – Patricia Emily Mollach was born to Kathryn and Francis Mollach in Syracuse, New York. As a child of the sixties and seventies, she had the freedom to move and explore the city. It was here she first started her artistic explorations of place. After graduating from Nottingham High School, she obtained her Bachelor of Fine Arts from SUNY New Paltz.

Pat lived in NYC for many years working in the magazine and fashion industry. She spent several years at YM and Parents Magazine, and then at Calvin Klein as a photographic stylist. She ultimately decided to pursue photography and moved to New Orleans where she earned her Master of Fine Arts degree from Louisiana State University. She enjoyed a rich life of friends, music, art, and the spirit of Mardi Gras. She renovated and lived in a double shotgun house in New Orleans and adopted her beloved Catahoula hound, Gil. She taught photography at LSU until Hurricane Katrina. Pat returned to NYC where she continued to pursue photography through teaching as an Instructor at Parsons School of Design-The New School.

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