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Steve Pindar

After 126-Day Gap, Hall Opens Sedately

FAMILY FROM PHOENIX 1ST IN LINE

After 126-Day Gap,

Hall Opens Sedately

“We’re open!” Oneonta’s Steve Pindar, Baseball Hall of Fame visitor services coordinator, called out at 9 a.m. sharp, and the Mecca at 25 Main St., with no fanfare, reopened after a 126-day closure caused by the coronavirus threat.  Tadhg O’Brien, 6, in top photo, entered first, followed by brother Kian, 8, and dad Eugene, who were visiting grandmom Marjorie O’Brien of Syracuse, who is leaning against the rail.   “We planned this back in January,” said Eugene, when no one anticipated what has followed.   “This is the first thing we’ve been able to do in the past 10 days,” he said. Inset, right, is the Benson family from Queens – “Representing Mets Country!” they said – the second family to enter the Hall.  From left are Danny, Henry, Dave, Lucas, Joe, Sam and Josh.  Reserved tickets are required, and available via www.baseballhall.org, to control the size of the crowd inside the Hall and ensure social distancing.  (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)

WHAT’S MORE PATRIOTIC THAN NATIONAL PASTIME?

HALL OF FAME CLASSIC 2017

Whats’ More Patriotic

Than National Pastime?

It seemed like the whole world was standing at attention – more realistically, just all of downtown Cooperstown – as Fly Creek’s Joelle Lachance‘s astonishing voice performing the National Anthem filled Doubleday Field and much beyond at 1 p.m. today. The 10th annual Hall of Fame Cooperstown Classic, featuring Hall of Famers and Major Leaguers, began soon after.  Opera singer Joelle, a CCS grad who went on to study voice at Nazareth and Boston University, returned to her hometown last Christmas to sing solo soprano in Handel’s “Messiah” at Christ Church here.   Woodside Hall has invited her to perform a recital there this summer; details forthcoming.  (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)

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Destination Oneonta Bids Farewell to Goff, Welcomes Pindar

Farewell, Julia.  Welcome Steve.

Transition At Destination Oneonta

Rachel Jessup embraces outgoing Destination Oneonta Executive Director Julia Goff after recognizing her for her work with the organization. "It has been a privilege and a honor to work with the board." said Goff. "There is excellent energy in the organization now and it's hard to step away, but I hope to reconnect with (Destination Oneonta) in the Future." Goff will be replaced by Steve Pinder. Bob Brzozowski was also honored for his work, as well as Nancy Scanlon and Sidney Federal Credit Union who received awards for community improvement. (Ian Austin/ AllOTSEGO.com
Destination Oneonta board chair Rachel Jessup embraces outgoing DO Executive Director Julia Goff after recognizing her for her work with the organization during the annual meeting Wednesday evening at Foothills. “It has been a privilege and a honor to work with the board.” said Goff. “There is excellent energy in the organization now and it’s hard to step away, but I hope to reconnect with (Destination Oneonta) in the future.” Goff will be replaced by Steve Pindar, former general manager of the Oneonta Outlaws.  Receiving DO Community Improvement Awards were retiring Common Council member Bob Brzozowski was also honored for his work, as were Nancy Scanlon,  former SportTech owner and a longtime downtown advocate, and Sidney Federal Credit Union. (Ian Austin/ AllOTSEGO.com)
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