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HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 1
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 1

Upstate Arts, Crafts,  & More

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ARTISAN FESTIVAL – 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Artists, Crafters, Makers from throughout the region come together to sell their works. Find handmade jewelry, textiles, soap, furniture, glass art, pottery, photography, more at Otsego County Campus, 197 Main St., Cooperstown. 607-547-9983 or visit www.cooperstownartisanfestival.info

FAMILY SATURDAY – 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Field trip for families features hands-on activities for kids, guided tours, demonstrations of the water-powered sawmill, the gristmill, and woodworking shop. Admission, $9/adult. Hanford Mills Museum, 51 Co. Hwy. 12, East Meredith. Call 607-278-5744 or visit www.hanfordmills.org

MYSTIC RIVER

MYSTIC RIVER

The Fernleigh Bridge over the Susquehanna from Mill Street, Cooperstown.  (Tara Barnwell/allotsego.com)
The Fernleigh Bridge over the Susquehanna from Mill Street, Cooperstown. (Tara Barnwell/allotsego.com)
Neighbors Collaborate To Remove Tree Trunk, Reopen Susquehanna

Neighbors Collaborate To Remove

Tree Trunk, Reopen Susquehanna

The Susquehanna River just south of its source in Otsego Lake is clear again after neighbors, including Dreams Park owner Lou Presutti Jr., participated in removing a tree trunk that had fallen from Presutti's property a week ago  In photo, from left, neighbors Josh Howard, Chip Northrup and Lang Keith removed the trunk to the Thompson Inflection Point.  Firewood available for the asking at 15 River St.  At first, Presutti obtained counsel, and neighbors feared there would be some obstacle to reopening navigation.
The Susquehanna River just south of its source in Otsego Lake is clear again after neighbors, including Dreams Park owner Lou Presutti Jr., participated this morning in removing a tree trunk that had fallen from Presutti’s property a week ago. In photo, from left, neighbors Josh Howard, Chip Northrup and Lang Keith remove the trunk to the Thompson Inflection Point. Firewood is available for the asking at 15 River St. At first, Presutti obtained counsel, and neighbors feared there would be some obstacle to reopening navigation.
Who Should Remove Tree In DEC’s Hands

Who Should Remove Tree In DEC’s Hands

COOPERSTOWN – The Army Corps of Engineers this morning contacted Brian Clancy, village superintendent of public works, on a tree that has been blocking the Susquehanna River near its source for the past few days.

Clancy said he was advised the Army Corps has no jurisdiction, and said the matter is now being reviewed the state Department of Environmental Conservation’s Stamford office.

The tree toppled last Thursday from the river bank along the 10 Main St. property owned by Lou Presutti Jr., owner of Cooperstown Dreams Park, but neighbor Chip Northrup said he’s been advised the landowner doesn’t intend to remove it.

“I would think it’s the landowner,” he said, when asked who is responsible for removing the tree.  However, he said he is not fully apprised off all the laws and regulations governing navigable waterways.

Dreams Park Owner’s Tree Falls Across Susquehanna

Dreams Park Owner’s Tree

Falls Across Susquehanna

A tree has fallen from Lou Presutti's property on the left bank of the Susquehanna, blocking traffic on the river since Wednesday.
A tree has fallen from Lou Presutti’s property on the right side in this photo of the Susquehanna near its source at Otsego Lake, blocking traffic on the river since Wednesday.

COOPERSTOWN – Neighbor Chip Northrop, 17 River St., has alerted the DEC that a tree on the property of Dreams Park owner Lou Presutti has fallen across the Susquehanna River near its source, blocking the waterway.

In his letter, Northrup says Presutti, who bought the 10 Main St. mansion last summer, is refusing to have the tree removed. The neighbor is asking the DEC to direct Presutti to do so.

The tree is over the water supply intake pipe to the Village of Cooperstown, shown in the lower right corner, according to the letter.

There are two boats that moor down river that are blocked from their moorings. There is one launch and a dozen kayaks and rowing shells that are blocked in the river, the letter said.

“The tree is clearly a navigational hazard at Lake Otsego,” Northrup wrote.

SHAVER-LEFEVER TEAM LEADS LOCAL REGATTA CONTENDERS

SHAVER-LEFEVER TEAM LEADS

LOCAL REGATTA CONTENDERS

Shultis of Otego and Larry Harrison of West Oneonta arrive  at late morning today at the Southside Dam in Oneonta.  (Ian Austin/allotsego.com)
Shultis of Otego and Larry Harrison of West Oneonta arrive at late morning today at the Southside Dam in Oneonta. (Ian Austin/allotsego.com)

BAINBRIDGE – The team of Al Shaver Jr. of Meridale and Trever LeFever of Unadilla were the top local paddlers in the “Pro Class,” the top contenders in today’s 52nd annual General Clinton Regatta. They came in ninth.

Other local contenders in the race, which began at 8 a.m. in Cooperstown’s Lakefront Park and ended at mid-afternoon in Bainbridge, were:

• 11th – Dale Persons, Unadilla, and Mark Gillespie, Rochester
• 13th – Bruce Lee, Port Crane, and John Partridge, Unadilla
• 15th – Jeff Shultis, Otego, and Larry Harrison, West Oneonta

The winners of this year’s Pro class event are Glais Guillame, St. Boniface, Que., and Mathieu Pellerin, Shawingan, Que., in a time of 7:11:30.

HERE ARE THE REGATTA RACE RESULTS

52nd Clinton Regatta Under Way;

52nd Clinton Regatta Under Way;

Heading For Oneonta, Bainbridge

The first racers depart at 6 a.m. today from Cooperstown's Lakefront Park in the 52nd annual General Clinton Canoe Regatta.  (Jim Kevlin/allotsego.com)
The first racers depart at 6 a.m. today from Cooperstown’s Lakefront Park in the 52nd annual General Clinton Canoe Regatta.  That’s The Otesaga’s tower at left. (Jim Kevlin/allotsego.com)
Dad Jeff Killmeier of Unadilla helps son Jeff, a well-known chef in Florida and elsewhere, launch his craft this morning at Lakefront Park. (Jim Kevlin/allotsego.com)
Dad Jeff Killmeier of Unadilla helps son Jeff, a well-known chef in Florida and elsewhere, launch his craft this morning at Lakefront Park. (Jim Kevlin/allotsego.com)
It was the outfits, said Mark Kirkby, left, prepared by Courtney Weir, right, that convinced this Cooperstown trio – Stacy Smith is at center – to participate in today's regatta.  (Jim Kevlin/allotsego.com)
It was the outfits, said Mark Kirkby, left, prepared by Courtney Weir, right, that convinced this Cooperstown trio – Stacy Smith is at center – to participate in today’s regatta. (Jim Kevlin/allotsego.com)

COOPERSTOWN

They’re off! For the 52rd time, canoeists from Oneonta to Montana and beyond departed at 6 a.m. today from Cooperstown’s Lakefront Park, bound for Bainbridge in the annual General Clinton Regatta.

At Oneonta, watch for the pros – they depart from here at 8 – to pass through the city at about 11:30, according to Lori and Jon Michaels of Goodyear Lake, former longtime organizing committee members who were still helping at the starting line this morning.

“The water’s up this year,” observed Lori, which means it promises to be a relatively fast race, with the front-runners arriving in Bainbridge at about 3.

The pro class – you can still catch them departing at 8 – including Oneonta’s Al Shaver, paddling with Trevor LeFever of Unadilla, who is favored to lead the local pack.

Other local pros to watch include Dale Persons of Unadilla, who turned 50 this year, paddling with Mark Gillespie of Rochester, and Jeff Shultis of Otego and Larry Harrison of West Oneonta.

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