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The Smithy to present first exhibition of the gallery season
Air is the theme for the first gallery of the season.

The Smithy to present first exhibition of the gallery season

STAFF REPORT • Special to

The Smithy art gallery at 55 Pioneer Street in Cooperstown is opening for its first showing, running through July 27.

The exhibition, entitled ‘Air’, will feature artwork by both members and guests of the Smithy.

The theme of ‘Air’, as the title suggests, is all about capturing the “invisible force in our daily lives” the Smithy wrote in an email. “Apart from its literal importance, our artists have been able to take inspiration from the many things we have come to associate with AIR.”

Some of the artists featured include Joyce Cabral, Willie Marlowe, Colleen O’Hara, Kathy Van Loan and more.

The gallery hours are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday to Saturday.

Go to for more information.

Trustees Agree To Remove Sign That Angered Residents

Trustees Agree To Remove
Sign That Angered Residents

By GREG KLEIN • Special to

A solar-powered speed limit sign on Pioneer Street that village residents disliked will be moved to State Route 28.

The village of Cooperstown will remove a controversial solar-powered speed limit sign from Pioneer Street.

The village’s Board of Trustees voted unanimously Monday, April 26, to remove the sign, which was in front of 100 Pioneer Street and told motorists heading south on Pioneer if they were exceeding the village’s 30-mile-per-hour speed limit.

The meeting was held in person in the village ballroom at 22 Main St.

As part of the motion, the trustees agreed to relocate the sign to the southern entryway to the village on State Route 28.

The sign has drawn complaints from dozens of current and former village residents, complaining about the aesthetics of the sign and dismissing the need to put it in a residential area. Two residents spoke against the sign Monday, leading Cooperstown Mayor Ellen Tillapaugh to tell the crowd of about 15 people that the trustees would fix the sign problem later in the meeting.

“The intent of the meeting tonight will be to remove the solar-powered sign … and nothing will be on Pioneer.

ELLSWORTH: A Bad Sign I Placed On Pioneer

A Bad Sign I Placed On Pioneer

To the Editor:

Having lived on Upper Pioneer Street for some 36 years, it was indeed distressing to read John Webb’s “Letter to the Editor” in last week’s paper. The very idea of placing a solar-powered speed sign in one of Cooperstown’s residential neighborhoods is beyond the pale.

It is made even more reprehensible given the fact that not only was the sign a gift to the village by one of the street’s residents, but more importantly, the village erected the sign without giving the other residents of the street the opportunity to give any input into having such a sign in their neighborhood. It is indeed sad to think that the village government is doing the bidding of one individual without any seeming concern for the rest of its constituents. Of course, it would seem of late that the village has a bit of a history of accepting a number of things without considering what the final affect might be on village residents.

Pioneer Returns To Parallel But Not All Residents Are Pleased

Pioneer Returns To Parallel But

Not All Residents Are Pleased

With a public hearing scheduled this evening on the proposed return to parallel parking on lower Pioneer St. in the village of Cooperstown, village resident Celia Oxley, a resident of Pioneer Street, spoke up this evening at the Board of Trustees meeting in support of the diagonal parking that the village had originally proposed near her house. Oxley is one of very few in the neighborhood who supported the diagonal parking layout. Oxley’s neighbors, Rick Hulse and Tony Casale both urged the board to return to parallel parking in front of their houses. Ultimately, Oxley’s testimonial was too little too late, as the trustees voted to restore parallel parking on Pioneer Street. (Parker Fish/
Trustees Seek Public Input On Pioneer Parking

Again, Trustees Seek Input

On Pioneer Street Parking

By PARKER FISH • Special to

Trustee Cindy Falk explains why she does not support the three-hour parking limit. (Parker Fish/

COOPERSTOWN – Village residents will have to wait at least another month to see the Pioneer Street parking issue come to a close.

At their meeting tonight, village trustees set a public hearing for their September meeting on the proposed parking layout for the northernmost section of Pioneer Street. The layout, proposed by the street committee, returns the street to parallel parking, and would create two handicap accessible parking spaces on the northern end of the street closest to the lake.

The proposed layout would also turn what was originally all-day parking into three-hour spaces to accommodate park goers, as opposed to employees in the village looking for all-day parking.

Trustees To Review Pioneer Parking

Trustees May Shelve

Diagonal-Parking Idea

By PARKER FISH • Special to

The lower section of Pioneer Street, as seen during experience with diagonal parking. ( photo)

COOPERSTOWN – Parking on lower Pioneer Street may soon be back to where it was.

The Village Board’s Street Committee this evening planned to recommend “return to parallel parking” after two months of heated debate over installing diagonal parking there.

A couple innovations in the proposed diagonal plan remain:  One, designating the northernmost spot for handicapped parking.  Two, reducing all-day parking to three-hour parking.

The village streets committee, chaired by Trustee Cindy Falk, met last Thursday and developed the new proposal.  The trustees meet at 6:30 p.m. at 22 Main.

Coop Trustees Can’t Decide On Pioneer Parking Issue

Trustees Can’t Decide

Pioneer Parking Issue

Pioneer Street neighbor Rick Hulse urges the Cooperstown Village Board to restore parallel parking on the northern section of Pioneer Street at this evening’s trustees’ meeting. The trustees decided in June to re-evaluate parking on the section of Pioneer Street closest to the lake, and conducted trial periods for two different parking schemes involving angled parking on the east side of the street at Lakefront Park. Residents living on the street immediately voiced displeasure, and reaffirmed their sentiments at the public hearing at tonight’s meeting. Ultimately, on a motion by Trustee Lou Allstadt, the board moved to approve Local Law #4, essentially returning the parking back to the original layout, but the motion did not pass with a 3-3 tied vote. Proposed Local Law #6, creating six new parking spaces with a mix of angled and parallel parking, saw the same fate with a 3-3 vote. The other issue facing the board this evening, a special use permit to turn The White House Inn, 46 Chestnut St., into a hotel, passed unanimously. (Parker Fish/

Public Hearing Tonight For Pioneer Parking

Trustees May Act On

Diagonal Parking, Hotel

Cars are currently parked diagonally along the northernmost section of Pioneer Street in front of Lakefront Park, Option 2 under consideration by the Village Board. (Parker Fish/
The White House in, 26 Chestnut St., may be redesignated as a hotel this evening.

COOPERSTOWN – The Village Board will hold two public hearings at 7 tonight at 22 Main, and perhaps act on one or both of the plans under consideration, according to Trustee Cindy Falk:

  • Diagonal parking on lower Pioneer Street.

Option 3, which resulted from neighbors’ objections at last month’s meeting, would shift diagonal parking to the north. Under the previous plan, headlights would be shining into the livingroom of the Leist family at 5 Pioneer St.; Option 3  eliminates that.  It also creates three parallel-parking spaces across from the Leists, raising the number of parking places from 23 in Option 2 to 26 in Option 3  Or the trustees could go back to Option 1, the traditional all-parallel-parking scheme.

  • Redesignation the White House Inn, 46 Chestnut St., as a hotel.

Noise, Parking Spark Cooperstown Debate

Noise, Parking Spark

Cooperstown Debate

Cooperstown resident Tony Casale speaks up during this evening’s Village Board meeting. Casale was less than pleased with the board’s decision to conduct a parking trial on the lower portion of Pioneer Street, switching from parallel parking to diagonal parking, with no prior warning to the neighbors. Also discussed at the meeting was the petition created by Veronica Seaver, calling for stricter enforcement of the village noise ordinance laws in light of bands playing downtown. (Parker Fish/
IT’S OVER Pioneer Street Paving Completed Today


Pioneer Street Paving Completed Today

Gary Lewis Jr. of G. Vincentis, the Binghamton contractor, finishes rolling the asphalt in around the flagpole in downtown Cooperstown shortly after 1 p.m. today.  The crew then went up Pioneer Street to complete a strip at the Church Street intersection, completing the $2 million reconstruction of Pioneer, which began last fall after the tourist season ended, and started up again this spring.  (Jim Kevlin/
Pioneer Paving Project Underway

Pioneer Street Paving Begins,

Ending $2M Downtown Project

Jerry Lewis of G. DeVincentis & Sons Construction, Binghamton, rolls freshly laid asphalt on Lake Street in Cooperstown this morning, as the final stage of last fall’s $2 million reconstruction of the villages’ Pioneer Street begins.  Paving of Pioneer between Lake and Church streets is expected to be complete on Wednesday.  The goal is to finish the work before the summer tourist season begins on Memorial Day Weekend.    (Parker Fish/
Smithy Tree Comes Down

Smithy Tree Comes Down

Workers from Tallman Tree Services worked this morning to cut down the maple tree in front of the Smithy Gallery in Cooperstown. The tree removal is part of the $1.2 million reconstruction of Pioneer Street. The tree will be milled locally and used by Smithy artists for their artwork. (Parker Fish/
Oneonta First ‘Recovery City’? Cooperstown Roadwork Village

Oneonta First ‘Recovery City’?

Cooperstown Roadwork Village

Breaking news: LEAF’s Julie Dostal will be asking Common Council next Tuesday to declare Oneonta a ‘Recovery Community,” a place where everyone pitches in to move their neighbors away from the whole range of addictions.  Meanwhile in Cooperstown, merchants on Pioneer Street are bracing for a 90-day reconstruction of the road, sewerage and water pipes, which will limit their customers’ access.  And much more in The Freeman’s Journal and Hometown Oneonta, available on newsstands Wednesday afternoon.


Cooperstown Readies Pioneer Street Reconstruction

Pioneer Street Rebuilding

Sparks Parking Concerns

Village Trustee Cindy Falk and Travis Smigel, Delaware Engineering designer, go over the $1.2 million project to rebuild Pioneer Street, and replace water and sewer lines in the process. (Libby Cudmore/


COOPERSTOWN – After five years of saving paid parking revenue, the Village of Cooperstown is ready to start the $1.2 million Pioneer Street Reconstruction Project and pay for it with money set aside.

“Some of these pipes date back to the 1890s,” Trustee Cindy Falk, who chairs the Village Board’s Streets Committee, told a public meeting tonight at the fire hall. “In 2014, during the Winter Carnival, we had a water main break while it was snowing. There were crews plowing and crews trying to fix it. They’re over 100 years old. We’re living on borrowed time.”

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