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Century Old Barn Finds New Home
One Man’s History, Another Man’s Treasure

Century Old Barn Finds New Home

By JOE TOPPE • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com

Rick Brockway on the barn’s half-demolished “bridge” that gave hay wagons access to the third floor. (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)

It was 1897, the same year Bram Stoker’s “Dracula” was published and a gold rush lured scores of prospectors to the Klondike.

Here in Otsego County, Rick Brockway’s great-great grandfather Jesse was driving the final nails into his West Laurens’ dairy barn.

Now, more than 50 years since the family used the barn for farming, only the structure’s frame is worth saving.

“It’s been used as a family storage unit since 1970, but that is no longer economical,” Brockway said in an interview.

“I wanted to refurbish the barn to its original look, but it was too expensive,” he said. “It was a difficult choice, but I talked with my kids and brother in New Mexico before making the decision.”

According to Brockway, it would have cost $100,000 to restore the barn to working condition, “so we tried to sell it, but couldn’t give it away, until we posted it on Facebook in hopes of finding someone interested in salvaging it.”

Originally, the barn cost less than $800 to complete, and required a master carpenter and 13 assistants with room and board to build.

City Hall Seeks $500,000 To Redo Oneonta Theatre

City Hall Seeks $500,000

To Redo Oneonta Theatre

By CHRYSTAL SAVAGE • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com

The Oneonta Theatre has been on the market for five years.

City Hall will seek $500,000 in state funding to restore the Oneonta Theatre, the former movie house at 27 Chestnut St. that has been on the market and unused for five years.

Mayor Gary Herzig received Common Council’s unanimous approval Tuesday, Jan. 5, to seek the money through the state’s Main Street Anchor Program aimed at restoring vacant buildings.

While there is no time-frame for approval or construction, Herzig said the priority is stabilizing the building.

“The theater is not only beautiful and vintage, it is a glorious piece of Oneonta’s history,” he said. “If the building could not be restored, it would be a loss that would never be recovered.”

Plans for the restorations would include maintaining the building as a theater. “It would be a place to have a variety of performances, including live stage and film productions within the community,” Herzig said.

He added, “It would increase the quality of life of our residents and also provide an asset and attraction to visit and possibly even relocate to the area.”

“We’re off to the races,” Herzig said as the motion passed.

He plans to complete the application prior to the Jan. 15 deadline. While there is no time-frame for approval or construction, Herzig said the priority is stabilizing the building.

“The theater is not only beautiful and vintage, it is a glorious piece of Oneonta’s history,” he said. “If the building could not be restored, it would be a loss that would never be recovered.”

Plans for the restorations would include maintaining the building as a theater. “It would be a place to have a variety of performances, including live stage and film productions within the community,” Herzig said.

He added, “It would increase the quality of life of our residents and also provide an asset and attraction to visit and possibly even relocate to the area.”

“We’re off to the races,” Herzig said as the motion passed.

He plans to complete the application prior to the Jan. 15 deadline.

HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO: Preserving Exhibits At Baseball Hall of Fame 09-22-20
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 22

Preserving Exhibits

At Baseball Hall of Fame

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ASK THE EXPERT – 2 p.m. Learn how hall of fame preserves textiles & caps, from storage to proper documentation. Free Zoom conference. Registration required. Presented by The Baseball Hall of Fame. Visit baseballhall.org/events/virtual-curator-spotlight-collections-textiles-caps?date=0 for info.

COVID-19 TESTING – 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. Otsego County residents are invited for free rapid testing for Covid-19. Find out quick, help stop the spread. Pre-registration required. Foothills Performing Arts Center, 22 Market St., Oneonta. 607-547-4279.

HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO: Learn To Preserve Your Baseball Collections 08-25-20
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for TUESDAY, AUGUST 25

Learn To Preserve

Your Baseball Collections

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ASK THE EXPERT – 2 p.m. Learn how museums preserve the items in their collections, from storage guidelines to documentation, and how you can implement these in your own collection. Q&A as time allows. Free, registration for Zoom conference required. Hosted by The Baseball Hall of Fame. Visit baseballhall.org/events/virtual-ask-the-expert-collections-2?date=0

HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO: Teens Take On Otsego Outdoors Hiking Challenge 06-26-20
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for  FRIDAY, JUNE 26

Teens Take On Otsego

Outdoors Hiking Challenge

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OUTDOORS CHALLENGE – 2 p.m. Teens meet to participate in LEAF’s Great Otsego Outdoors Challenge, the summer hiking challenge featuring an Otsego County trail each week. Total of 8 hikes with 4 bonus hikes. Meet at Club Odyssey, 80 Water St., Oneonta. 607-353-7143 or visit www.facebook.com/ClubOdysseyOneonta/

HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for THURSDAY, NOV. 17
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for THURSDAY, NOV. 17

Learning the Stars

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To Learn How You Can Help Area Families This Holiday Season CLICK HERE.

PLANETARIUM – 7-8 p.m. Sky Talk: Leonid Meteor Shower, Fall Galaxies, and video “Wonders of the Universe” SUNY Oneonta Planetarium, 108 Ravine Pkwy., Oneonta. Reservations required. Seats free. Info, oneonta.edu/planetarium/publicshow.asp

OPERATION CHRISTMAS CHILD – 4-7 p.m. Pack a shoebox with items that will bring joy to children as they are delivered around the world. Collection point at Main St. Baptist Church, corner of Main and Maple Sts., Oneonta. Info, @ www.msbchurch.org/occ or email msbc@msbchurch.org or call (607)432-5712

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