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IF YOU GO: Take the trolley, pack sunscreen, water
The crowd walks up Susquehanna Avenue to a National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum Induction at The Clark Sports Center in 2015. (File)

IF YOU GO: Take the trolley, pack sunscreen, water

By GREG KLEIN • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com

If you are planning to attend the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum Induction, here are some helpful hints:

• Bring water and an umbrella: Things can get hot on the field at The Clark Sports Center, where there is no natural shade and attendees might be under direct sun for more than two hours. This is just as likely on a Wednesday in September as a Sunday in July. So, bring something to drink, apply lots of sunscreen and think about a hat, umbrella or other form of shade. Of course, it could also be mid-60s and raining, so … bring an umbrella either way. If you don’t have VIP seating in one of the Hall designated areas up front, bring a chair or blanket, too. So many people leave their chairs after inductions, one local family organizes a collection of the chairs, followed by a yard sale to benefit the local school and its students. Speaking of the students, there will be lots of them selling concessions, too, either officially to raise money for their senior trips or along the roads to the Induction site, as budding entrepreneurs. So, bringing a couple of dollars for the kids is a good way to say hello to some locals and learn about Cooperstown.

HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SATURDAY, APRIL 22
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SATURDAY, APRIL 22

Honoring Our Legacy Of Inclusion

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INTERFAITH COMMUNITY GATHERING – 3 p.m. Program titled “With Malice Toward Non: Honoring America’s Legacy of Religious Inclusion.” Affirming America’s principles of democracy, religious freedom, compassion, and unity for people of all faiths. Temple Beth El, 83 Chestnut St., Oneonta. Info, Ken Sider, ksider@hotmail.com or visit www.templebetheloneonta.org/2017/04/with-malice-toward-none/

EARTH FESTIVAL – 10:30 a.m.-2 p.m. 13th annual festival featuring interactive exhibits, activities, vendors, and entertainment. Milford Central School, 42 W. Main St, Milford. Info, occainfo.org/calendar/earth-festival-2017/

HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SATURDAY, FEB. 18
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SATURDAY, FEB. 18

Support This Years

Polar Bear Jumpers

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POLAR BEAR JUMP – 12:30 p.m. Come spectate on people jumping in a freezing lake to support local children, individuals, and organizations in need. Goodyear Lake, Outside Portlandville, St. Hwy. 28, Oneonta. Info, www.thisiscooperstown.com/events/goodyear-lake-22nd-annual-polar-bear-jump

FROZEN TOE RACE – 10:30 a.m. 5 Mile race held regardless of weather conditions. Entry, $35. Clark Sports Center, Cooperstown. Info, www.clarksportscenter.com

PERFORMANCE – 7:30 p.m. Local and regional talent perform Eve Ensler’s “The Vagina Monologues.” Ballroom Gallery of the Cooperstown Art Association, Cooperstown Village Library. Info, www.cooperstownart.com/special-events.html or call (607)547-9777

HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for FRIDAY, JAN. 27
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for FRIDAY, JAN. 27

It’s Movie Night At Y Pool

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COOPERTOWN WINTER CARNIVAL BEGINS!!!

MOVIE NIGHT – 6:30-8:30 p.m. Float with you friends in the pool while enjoying a movie. Root bear floats will be served afterward. Oneonta YMCA, 20-26 Ford Ave., Oneonta. Info, www.oneontaymca.org

HISTORY EXHIBITION – Noon-4 p.m.. “Oneonta’s Trolley Line: The Southern New York Railway.” Greater Oneonta Historical Society, 183 Main St., Oneonta. Info, www.oneontahistory.org/upcomingevents.htm#More

FUNDRAISER – 4:30-6:30 p.m. Brooks Chicken dinner to support the Susquehanna Animal Shelter. Tickets $10. Christ Episcopal Church, 46 River St, Cooperstown. Info, susquehannaanimalshelter.org/brooks-chicken-dinner-fundraiser/

‘app’ In Hand, VIPs Take Inaugural Trolley e-Ride

‘app’ In Hand, VIPs Take

Inaugural Trolley e-Ride

Preparing to take a first "app"-monitors ride to the Yellow Lot on a Cooperstown trolley car are, from left
Preparing to take a first “app”-monitors ride to the Yellow Lot on a Cooperstown trolley car are, from left, OPT Director Paul Patterson, Birnie Bus manager Peggy Bush, Village Trustee Ellen Tillapaugh, county Planning Director Karen Sullivan, Destination Marketing Executive Director Deb Taylor, Mayor Jeff Katz and Trustee Cindy Falk.  (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)
At least Mayor Katz (in green shirt) was taking in Cooperstown's nationally known features. Everyone else on the inaugural ride had eyes glued to tiny screens to chart the trolley's progress.
At least Mayor Katz (in green shirt) was taking in Cooperstown’s nationally known features. Everyone else on the inaugural ride had eyes glued to tiny screens to chart the trolley’s progress.

COOPERSTOWN – A press conference this morning on the Baseball Hall of Fame steps launched a new “app” that allows tourists to check how soon the Cooperstown Trolley will be showing up at any one stop.

Mayor Jeff Katz, who was on the scene with trustees and county, City of Oneonta and Birnie Bus officials, gave credit to tech-savvy Village Trustee Jim Dean with proposing the app idea for the trolley system.

Today’s announcement was an expansion of a Otsego County Planning Department and Oneonta Public Transit collaboration announced last week, whereby commuters can check on an iPad, Smartphone, PC or other device when an OPT bus is due.

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