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Richfield community creates park

Richfield community creates park

By GREG KLEIN • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com

RICHFIELD SPRINGS – About 15 people gathered Sunday, May 24, on Main Street in the village to turn the site of a formerly blighted home into a “pocket park.”

The property at 177 Main St. had been abandoned years ago, one of a handful of old houses in the area that had gotten too run down and where the former owners could not afford to restore it.
The Greater Mohawk Valley Land Bank bought the property and demolished the house, but rebuilding on the L-shaped .67-acre property is complicated.

Richfield Springs freshman Braydon Misenick, left, and junior Damon Boss spread soil to prepare to plant a vegetable garden in the back of the park. (Greg Klein/Allotsego.com)

“According to the modern zoning laws, this lot is too narrow in the front to build a house,” said Allysa Dupont Rader, who works as the “zombie quarterback” for the land bank, finding abandoned houses and shepherding them back onto the tax rolls.

The village will revisit the zoning laws this summer, but the location of the property and its status as having the only remaining outdoor, uncovered sulphur spring in the village, made it an ideal candidate for a park in the meantime.

Hartwick E-Hub Students Share Experiences With Rotary

COLLEGE PROVIDING ROTARY SPEAKERS

Hartwick E-Hub Students

Share ‘Liberal Arts In Action’

Rotarian (and Hartwick College president) Margaret L. Drugovich, above, introduces Hartwick students Allison Taft and Taylor Diepold, who spoke at today’s the Oneonta Rotary Club luncheon at The Elks Club.   Each Thursday this month, Hartwick is providing luncheon speakers to the local club.   Today’s topic was the “E-Hub Experience: Liberal Arts in Action” initiative.  Economics Professor Kristen Jones, at left,  explains how uncertainties in the future of the workforce led the college to develop the program, which helps students apply liberal arts training to hands-on problem solving.   Allison Taft spoke of the Applied Theater segment:  for instance, acting students are helping train nursing students by portraying patients’ ailments more realistically; in turn, the program helps the fledgling actors sharpen their skills.   Taylor Diepold described the development of an Agricultural Distribution Model to help local farmers get their produce to market. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)

HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SATURDAY, MAY 20
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SATURDAY, MAY 20

Spring Street Fair & Market

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SPRING FLING – Noon-5 p.m. 2-day event featuring farmers, crafts-people, food vendors, and live music. Doubleday field parking lot, 1 Doubleday Ct., Cooperstown. Info, www.thisiscooperstown.com/events/spring-fling-street-fair

RELAY FOR LIFE – 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Support the search for a cure to cancer, remember the dead, and support the living. Wilber park, 1-19 S. Main St., St. Hwy. 28, Milford. Info, Lauren.Ferraro@cancer.org

BROOKWOOD POINT REOPENING – Noon-5 p.m. Enjoy food, lawn games, music, kayaking, demonstrations, and more at Brookwood Point, 6000 State Highway 80, West Lake Rd., Cooperstown. Info, otsegolandtrust.org

HISTORY REMEMBERED – 1 p.m. Unveiling Cato Freedom historical marker. In memory of Cato Freedom who gained his freedom due to his service in the Revolutionary War. Butternut Valley Cemetery, Co. Hwy. 16, Burlington Flats. Info, Deb Mackenzie, President Otsego County Historical Association, (607) 293-6635.

LEAF Unveils ‘Shawna Has A Secret’ Interactive Experience

LEAF’s  ‘Shawna Has Secret’

Unveiled To Oneonta Rotary

Chris Kuhn, Justine Roefs, Kathleen Schofield and Sarah Patterson look for evidence of drug use in LEAF’s “Shawna Has A Secret” interactive experience that debuted at the Oneonta Rotary this afternoon. The program challenges adults to find over 30 drug-related items in a seemingly innocent bedroom-setting display that is followed by an information session on what to look for, where to look, and how to approach a child you suspect of using drugs. Groups or individuals interested in using this demonstration, contact LEAF at 432.0090 to set up a presentation.
(Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)

 

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Rotary Italian lunch

Rotary Enjoys Italian Themed Luncheon

Rotary held an Italian themed luncheon on Thursday, where servers Charles Nicosia, Gary Herzig, Kelly McGraw and Joe Fodero all donned mustaches and chef hats to add to the festivities.
Rotary held an Italian themed luncheon on Thursday, where servers Charles Nicosia, Gary Herzig, Kelly McGraw and Joe Fodero all donned mustaches and chef hats to add to the festivities.
POLLS OPEN UNTIL 9 P.M. FOR GOVERNOR, CONGRESS

POLLS OPEN UNTIL 9 P.M.

FOR GOVERNOR, CONGRESS

The Republican brain trust at the Cooperstown Rotary Election Day Pancake Feast included, clockwise from left, Theresa Casale and her husband Tony, the former assemblyman; county Sheriff Rich Devlin Jr., GOP County Chair Vince Casale, state Sen. Jim Seward, R-Milford, and former county chair Sheila Ross.  (Jim Kevlin/allotsego.com)
The Republican brain trust at the Cooperstown Rotary Election Day Pancake Feast included, clockwise from left, Theresa Casale and her husband Tony, the former assemblyman; county Sheriff Rich Devlin Jr., GOP County Chair Vince Casale, state Sen. Jim Seward, R-Milford, and former county chair Sheila Ross. (Jim Kevlin/allotsego.com)
Democratic County Chair Richard Abbate, who, a Cooperstown Rotarian, was flipping flapjacks in the kitchen, came out to shake hands with Vince Casale, his Republican counterpart.
Democratic County Chair Richard Abbate, who, a Cooperstown Rotarian, was flipping flapjacks in the kitchen, came out to shake hands with Vince Casale, his Republican counterpart.  In the background (and the kitchen) is Rotarian Doug Geertjens, the retired Cooperstown Elementary principal.

COOPERSTOWN – When the county’s Republican candidates can all be found partaking of pancakes and sausage in the front window of the Vets Club on Main Street, you can bet it’s Election Day.  And today, as Cooperstown Rotarians served their traditional Election Day pancake breakfast, it is.

Governor Cuomo is being challenged by Republican Rob Astorino.  Congressman Chris Gibson, R-19, who is expected at the Vets Club before noon, is being challenged by newcomer Sean Eldridge, the Democrat.  There are statewide races for attorney general and controller.

Locally, county Sheriff Richard J. Devlin Jr. is unopposed.  The hottest local race, perhaps, is in the Town of Oneonta, where Town Board member Trish Riddell Kent, who was appointed Jan. 1, is being challenged by David Rowley, the retired school superintendent.

Polls are open until 9 p.m., with all Oneonta voting at Foothills, and all Cooperstown voting at St. Mary’s “Our Lady of the Lake” Church Hall.

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