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
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 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)
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for FRIDAY, MAY 26
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 Warriors, Firefighters
Vying At Doubleday At This Hour
Sponsorships Sought To Bring
Wounded Warriors To County
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
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.