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.
“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.
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)
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.
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.
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.