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Wounded Warriors

Cooperstown Warrior’s Baby Sleeps Through Dad’s Hits

Cooperstown Warrior’s Baby Girl

Sleeps Through Dad’s Hits, Runs

Cooperstown’s Wounded Warrior Nick Clark, in right photo, hits what would lead to the first run in this afternoon’s softball game against Cooperstown firefighters at Doubleday Field.  But daughter Stella, top photo, in her mom’s arms, slept through all the excitement.  Mom Kirsten chats with Kaitlyn DiPippo by the entryway to the historic field.  If you hurry, you can catch the second game, between the Warriors and a combined NYCM/Five Star Subaru team.   Mayor Jeff Katz welcomed the team and Dr. Paul Russo, the optometrist and Air National Guard officer, sang the National Anthem.   The Warriors played against a combined Oneonta police and firefighter team Saturday afternoon in Damaschke Field.  (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)

HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SUNDAY, MAY 28
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SUNDAY, MAY 28

Wounded Warrior

Softball Double Header

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DOUBLE HEADER – 12:30 p.m. The Wounded Warrior Amputee Softball Team face off against 1st the Cooperstown Fire Dept. and then a team of representatives from the sponsors of the game. Doubleday Field, Cooperstown. Info, woundedwarrioramputeesoftballteam.org/event/cooperstown-ny/

PADDLE BOARD DEMOS – 10 a.m.-3 p.m. If you’ve ever wanted to try stand-up paddling, here’s your chance. Free. General Clinton Park, 2507 Hinkley Ln., Bainbridge. Info, www.canoeregatta.org/SUP.html

Wounded Warriors Best OPD, OFD 32-1

Wounded Warriors Outshine

Oneonta Police, Firemen, 32-1

Wounded Warrior Nick Clark, who moved his family to Cooperstown permanently over the winter, slides into third base a moment ahead of the tag by Oneonta firefighter Eric Johnson at Oneonta’s Damaschke Field this afternoon. At right, as the Wounded Warriors began to run away with the game, Oneonta Police officer Ryan Pondolfino carried a Outlaws 40-pound “practice bat” onto the field in hopes of improving his teams odds.  Sunday, the Wounded Warrior will play at 1 p.m. at Cooperstown’s Doubleday Field.  (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)

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Yes, Summer Season Here!

With Memorial Day Weekend,

Chamber Opens Tourist Kiosk

With the Memorial Day Weekend marking the start of the summer season, the Cooperstown Chamber of Commerce’s tourist information kiosk opened today in Pioneer Park. Here, the chamber’s Debbie Dow receives information to distribute from Ronnie Stalzer, new owner of the Brain Freeze ice cream parlor. Debbie said the kiosk will be open weekends until Father’s Day Weekend, June 16-18. Forecasters are predicting sunny weather Saturday and Sunday, with more iffy weather on Memorial Day itself. Check our Happenin’ Otsego Calendar for many weekend events. (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for FRIDAY, MAY 26
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for FRIDAY, MAY 26

Local Food At The Regatta

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TASTE OF THE REGATTA – 6 p.m. Taste the products of local producers before the canoe regatta. General Clinton Canoe Regatta Park, Bainbridge. Info, cooperstownchamber.org/calendar-of-events/#!event/2017/5/26/2nd-annual-taste-of-regatta

OPENING RECEPTION – 5-7 p.m. Opening “8×10: Recent Paintings by Edward McDaniel, Leatherstocking Brush and Palette Club Fine Arts Exhibition, and the 26th Annual Essential Art Regional Juried Art show. Cooperstown Art Association. Info, www.cooperstownart.com

Wounded Warrior Moves To Town

Wounded Warrior Moves To Town

Nick Clark, a member of the Wounded Warrior Softball Team, introduces himself to the Cooperstown Village Board this evening and reports he is moving his family to the village. Clark was introduced to Cooperstown when the WWAST team played at Doubleday Field in the past, and he plans to play on the team when it’s here again on May 28,this upcoming Memorial Day Weekend.   (The team will also play at Oneonta’s Damaschke Field during the visit.)  Behind Clark is Becky Davidson, an organizer of the local WWAST appearance. County Treasurer Dan Crowell, right, was in the audience. At left are Trustees Jim Dean, foreground, and Bruce Maxson. (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)
Wounded Warriors, Firefighters Vying At Doubleday At This Hour

Wounded Warriors, Firefighters

Vying At Doubleday At This Hour

The Wounded Warriors softball team is introduced a few minutes ago at Doubleday Field, where they are playing the Cooperstown Fire Department at this hour in a benefit game. A team fielded by Brewery Ommegang will round out the double-header.  (Jim Kevlin/allotsego.com)
Some 700 fans are populating the Doubleday Field grandstand and bleachers in Cooperstown at this hour, watching the Wounded Warriors softball team play the Cooperstown Fire Department team, the first game of a double-header.  The second game is against Brewery Ommegang.   Yesterday, the Warriors played in Oneonta’s Damaschke Field before 3,000 fans.  (Jim Kevlin/allotsego.com)
The Wounded Warriors' lineup is introduced at Doubleday Field.
The Wounded Warriors’ lineup is introduced at Doubleday Field.
Sponsorships Sought To Bring Wounded Warriors To County

Sponsorships Sought To Bring

Wounded Warriors To County

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Council Rock Brewery’s Becky Davidson, former Coopertown Chamber stalwart, is heading up the committee to bring the Wounded Warrior Amputee Softball Team back to play on Doubleday Field and Damaschke Field during Memorial Day Weekend 2015.

They will be playing at Damaschke Field in Oneonta on Saturday and Doubleday Field in Cooperstown on Sunday.

Every player is a Veteran from Iraq or Afghanistan and has lost a limb. At least two of them have lost both legs.  “This does not stop them from making the best of their lives,” said Becky.  “They are an inspiration to everyone.  One of the greatest things that they do (in my opinion) is their work with children who have also lost limbs.”

World T.E.A.M Sports Brings Can-Am Vets To Cooperstown

World T.E.A.M Sports Brings

Can-Am Vets To Cooperstown

Partaking of barbecue this evening at the Holiday Inn Express, Hartwick Seminary, are, from left, Marc Gabiger, Boise, Idaho, a U.S. soldier; Jens Sondergaard, a Danish Army veteran from Viborg; Marine Courtney Hill from Los Angeles, and Canadian Air Force vet Dean Peach of Nova Scotia.  (Jim Kevlin/allotsego.com)
Partaking of barbecue this evening at the Holiday Inn Express, Hartwick Seminary, are, from left, Marc Gabiger, Boise, Idaho, a U.S. soldier; Jens Sondergaard, a Danish Army veteran from Viborg; Marine Courtney Hill from Los Angeles, and Canadian Air Force vet Dean Peach of Nova Scotia. (Jim Kevlin/allotsego.com)

HARTWICK SEMINARY – The World T.E.A.M. Sports’ Can-Am Veterans Challenge pedaled into Hartwick Seminary this afternoon on the fifth day of a 14-day charity ride that will end with a ceremony on the steps of the Capitol on the Fourth of July. The group will then ride in Washington D.C.’s Independence Day parade.

The bike ride is affiliated with Wounded Warriors, a U.S.-Canadian organization the helps injured veterans on both sides of the border, according to Van Brinson, World T.E.A.M. Sports CEO.

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