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Town of Springfield

HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SUNDAY, JUNE 30, 2019
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SUNDAY, JUNE 30

Glimmerglass Opera Concert

To Benefit Springfield Parade

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NO FIREWORKS – An item that appeared here for a few minutes was incorrect:  Fireworks are planned Friday, July 5, at Brookwood Gardens, not tomorrow.

CONCERT – 3 p.m. Town of Springfield Appreciation Concert will offer an overview of The Glimmerglass Opera’s 2019 season. Proceeds will benefit the Springfield 4th of July Committee. Alice Busch Opera Theater, 7300 NY-80, Cooperstown. Info, 315-858-0304 or visit www.glimmerglass.org

Too Nice A Day To Stay Inside

Too Nice A Day

To Stay Inside

Here Are 2 Things To Do, Spooky And Sedate

The Labruzzo twins, Gino, left, and Joe, are getting a jump on Halloween, activating their very creative Scruff & Pup’s Pumpkin Stand on Allen Lake Road between West Lake Road and Richfield Springs.  Fun (and ghouls) for all ages, including – new this year – a Puzzle Room:  Figure out the puzzle and you can get out.  The stand is open noon-5 weekdays and 10-6 weekends, but you can stop by anytime and buy a pumpkin using the honor jar.  (Joe has a contract to sell 7,000 pumpkins on Long Island, although this year’s weather reduced his crop to about 2,000).  If you’re in a more sedate mood, stop by The Farmers’ Museum – as did Diane Gallagher from Huntington, Vt., in right photo, visiting friend Carol Bennett of Cooperstown – where the Fibre Weekend, featuring a quilt display, is underway. (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)

Traffic Stop Yields 3 Arrests, 4 Bags of Heroin

Springfield Traffic Stop Yields

4 Bags of Heroin, 3 Arrests

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Michael Clapper
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Kimberly Clapper
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Austin Yaw

SPRINGFIELD – Three Springfield residents were charged with possession of heroin and marijuana after a traffic stop on State Highway 80.

Just before 5 p.m yesterday, a county Sheriff’s investigator made a traffic stop on a vehicle being driven by Kimberly Clapper, 29, Springfield Center. During the investigation, four knotted baggies of heroin and drug paraphernalia were recovered. Clapper, as well as her two passengers, Michael Clapper, 38, and Austin Yaw, 21, both of Springfield Center, were all taken into custody.

Pro-Environment Groups Back 50-Job Farm Credit East Office

Pro-Environment Groups Back

50-Job Farm Credit East Office

Springfield Planning Board Moves Project Forward, Too
OCCA Environmental Planner Danny Lapin said his organization found no environmental concerns in Farm Credit East's project. At right are Mike Reynolds, a Cooperstown native who is Farm Credit regional vice president and, next to hm, CEO Bill Lipinski. To the left of Lapin are Springfield Town Supervisor Bill Elsey and county Rep. Keith McCarty, R-East Springfield. (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)
OCCA Environmental Planner Danny Lapin said his organization found no environmental concerns in Farm Credit East’s project. At right are Mike Reynolds, a Cooperstown native who is Farm Credit regional vice president and, next to hm, CEO Bill Lipinski. To the left of Lapin are Springfield Town Supervisor Bill Elsey and county Rep. Keith McCarty, R-East Springfield. (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)

By JIM KEVLIN • for www.AllOTSEGO.com

CEO Bill Lipinski said Farm Credit East is an "equitable organization" that allocates 2 percent of net to community initiatives.
CEO Bill Lipinski said Farm Credit East is an “equitable organization” that allocates 2 percent of net to community initiatives.

SPRINGFIELD CENTER – Farm Credit East’s plans for a low-profiled 50-job office building just north of the Glimmerglass Festival on Route 80 this evening appeared to have won support of all the major local environmental advocates.

The project was also moved forward by the Town of Springfield Planning Board, which unanimously agreed to be lead agency in the SEQRA process; it then reviewed and approved Part II of the state Environmental Quality Review Act requirements.  Next month, the Planning Board is expected to act on a motion for a “negative declaration,” meaning the project will have little impact on the environment.

Harry Levine, Otsego Land Trustee chair, who was speaking on behalf of Advocates for Springfield, said he expects Farm Credit East will be a good neighbor.  “In simple terms,” he said, “we do support this project.”

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