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CITIZEN VOICES' Newsletter, 6-11-13
Just my dog...
Etta Place got her name from the Katherine Ross character in "Butch Cassidy & The Sundance Kid."
Since Etta Place and Barbara Cadwell arrived in Cooperstown in 2003, the two companions were often seen walking along Elm, Susquehanna, Beaver, Chestnut streets – most everywhere in the village – inseparable.

On Tuesday, April 2, 2013, Etta passed away, inspiring "her mama" to break out a portion of her book, "Outlaws & Angels," into a stand-alone reminiscence of her pet.

For the text of "Just my dog...," please click here
Editor's Note
Bud Fowler's Accomplishment

Astonishingly, Bud Fowler, whom historians recognize as the first black professional baseball player, was raised in Cooperstown (as John Jackson) in the 1860s, four decades before the Mills Commission and eight decades before the Hall of Fame's founding.

Despite his exceptional skills, the color of his skin kept him from full participation in the American Dream.  After the "Gentleman's Agreement" of 1887 that barred African-Americans from professional baseball for 60 years, he was banished to the Negro Leagues.

This February, however, was the 100th anniversary of his death, and that's become an opportunity for the substantial research of recent decades to come into focus.  At 4 p.m. this Saturday, the Village of Coopertown will unveil a street-sign, "Fowler Way," on the lane leading from Chestnut Street to Doubleday Field, with recognitions to follow at Doubleday itself.
Bud Fowler, back row, center, in Keokuk, Iowa
Cooperstown Village Historian Hugh MacDougall listens at the dedication of a plaque in Bud Fowler's honor Saturday afternoon in Doubleday Field, shortly after delivering an address to SABR's 19th Century Committee at the National Baseball Hall of Fame.  For the full text of MacDougall's "Bud Fowler:  Knight of the Diamond; Knight of the Razor", please click here
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Evan King, son of Frank and Fran King, Cooperstown, departs Sunday on a 4,000-mile "4K for Cancer," an annual fundraising bike ride from Baltimore to San Diego.
To donate to Evan's cause, click here
Follow Bill Gibson On Rounds
As Old-Time Extension Agent
Jim Kevlin/
As he spent the past five months conducting a census of Otsego County agricultural enterprises, Bill Gibson kept a diary.  For a day-to-day look at what he discovered in April, click here
Go, Girls!  Lady Jackets in States
Sustainability Summit Soars
1,000 Sip At Snommegang
'Streetscape' Plan Approved
Orpheus, Foothills Firm Up Alliance
If She's Tops, Nominate Her For City Prize


Sustainability Summit Soars
County's First Marathon This Summer
NY Education Commissioner Visits CCS
Trustees May Lighten Commerce Zone
CCS Voters Try Again ON $5.9 Bond

Can Winslow Homer Break His Own Record?
SUNY Oneonta Students Snap Up Highrise Rooms
To Sign Up For BREAKING NEWS Alerts
For Answers To
Believe It Or Not
Trivia Quiz

For Bryan Walsh's assessment of the Obama Administration's fracking policy in advance of the president's visit to Binghamton, click here
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Two of the most expert and eloquent local opponents of fracking, Lou Allstadt and Chip Northrup of Cooperstown, have concluded there is too little natural gas under Otsego County to ever warrant development.  For details on their findings, see this week's editions of The Freeman's Journal and Hometown Oneonta, on newstands this afternoon.  Also, view these related links:

*  Jerry Acton, a retired IBM engineer from Tioga County, details the computer model Allstadt and Northrup depend on in this video.

Here are the slides from the PowerPoint that Lou Allstadt used to outline his conclusion in a Wednesday, Oct. 30, presentation at Cornell.

Here is the report from Peter Mantius, a fracking blogger who covered the Cornell session.
For a preview of "Breakfast With Strangers," an e-book featuring Homer Osterhoudt of Cooperstown, click here
For text of the Village of Cooperstown's new law enabling sidewalk cafes, click here
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Tracey Ranieri, middle in black, joins SUNY lacrosse, field hockey and softball teams in welcoming 150 boys and girls the 15th annual Kids in Sports Day at the Alumni Field House on the SUNY campus this morning.  Students spent the day teaching kids to play a variety of sports, including volleyball, tennis, field hockey, softball, dancing—and even just to run around and have fun.
Youngsters Enjoy SUNY Sports Day
SATURDAY, March 1, 2014
600 Enjoy Snommegang
in Downtown Oneonta
Ian Austin/
Barbara Ann Heegan, president of the Otsego County Chamber, toasts Bob Pondolfino Jr. against the backdrop of the packed tents at the Snommegang Beer Festival in downtown Oneonta this afternoon.  Over 600 people, many from outside the county, enjoyed music, food and samplings of over 20 beers from local and national breweries.
Jim Kevlin/
On viewing Hank Aaron's plaque (at right) in the National Baseball Hall of Fame this afternoon, 2014 inductee Frank Thomas shared a story and a laugh with Erik Strohl, vice president, exhibitions & collections:  When he got into the Major Leagues, Thomas' dad told him:  "You're playing pretty well, but you're no Hank Aaron."  Thomas is looking forward to sharing that story with Aaron this summer, when both will be lodged Induction Weekend at The Otesaga.  Thomas was in Cooperstown today for his orientation, preparing him for his Sunday, July 27, induction. 

Read more on Frank Thomas' career
Inductee Frank Thomas
Given Orientation At Hall
WEDNESDAY, March 5, 2014
MONDAY, March 3, 2014
In A Historic First,
State Ed Chief King
Spends Day At CCS
Jim Kevlin/
For the first time anyone can remember, a state commissioner of education has visited Cooperstown Central School.  John King spent the morning at Cooperstown Elementary, and planned to spent the afternoon at the middle/high school, seeing how the Common Core Curriculum is being implemented.  King said he's heard "very positive things about Cooperstown on the Common Core.  I wanted to see first hand how it was being done."  Here, he participates in Kristin Butler's class on fractions.  He remarked on how Butler involved all students, and put them through an exercise that applied fractions to real life.  Seated behind him is ONC BOCES Superintendent Nick Savin.
Patrick J. Christman, 64;
Longtime Funeral Director
COOPERSTOWN – Patrick J. Christman,
64, managing funeral director at Tillapaugh
Funeral Home and current president of
the village’s Sons of the American Legion,
died Sunday evening, March 2, 2014 at
his home on Grove Street in Cooperstown. 

A funeral mass will be Friday, March 7,
2014 at 10 a.m. at St. Mary’s “Our Lady
of the Lake” Roman Catholic Church, 
with Father John P. Rosson officiating.
A reception in the Parish Hall will follow
the service. Friends are invited to call at the Tillapaugh Funeral Home, 28 Pioneer St., Cooperstown, from 5 to 8 pm Thursday March 6.   Vigil prayers will be offered at 7:30 p.m.

Read Pat Christman's complete obituary

Pat Christman

Visitors to Main Street in downtown Oneonta can expect to see changes in everything from crosswalks to bicycle stands during the next few years under a plan accepted Tuesday, March 4, by Common Council.

The plan, which cost the city less than $5,000, Mayor Dick Miller said, addresses the visual appeal of Main Street, proposing, for example, that the city replace trees that have outgrown their sidewalk containers or have passed their peak growth and are now starting to die off.

Read Richard Whitby's report from Common Council
Review complete Oneonta 'Streetscape' Plan
Approval Of 'Streetscape' Plan
May Help Beautify Downtown
Editor’s Note: Fracking foe Lou Allstadt, retired Mobil executive VP, was prompted to write Exxon Mobil Chairman/CEO Rex Tillerson on reading Tillerson objects to a fracking tower near his Texas home.
The polls will be open 7 a.m.-7 p.m. Wednesday, March 12, at Cooperstown Middle/High School for district residents to vote on a $5.9 million bond issue. 

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FRIDAY, March 7, 2014
IDA Appoints Mathes
CEO; Gulotty Resigns
The county Industrial Development
Agency board today named Alexander
“Sandy” Mathes, Jr., as the organiz-
ation’s CEO. Mathes fills the top
administrative position, succeeding
Interim CEO, Doug Gulotty.

“We are thrilled with our appointment
today of Mr. Mathes to our top
management position. This is the next
important step as we move forward with
the vision outlined by the IDA and our
other valued partners at Senator Seward’s Jan. 10 press conference,” county IDA Chair Sharon Oberriter said in a press release.  “The important transition to a private sector model for Economic Development functions continues to move forward with success and enthusiasm.”

Mathes was recruited as the county's "single point of contact" for economic development, the primary goal to come out of the second "Seward Summit" on economic development Nov. 14 at Foothills.

Read full article on Mathes' promotion
New Bike Shop Opens In Milford
Mike Reynolds of Fly Creek hangs the "open" flag at his Woodland Cycles, which opened today at 28 South Main St. (Route 28), Milford.  Mike, a CCS grad with an archaelogy degree from SUNY New Paltz, began working in local bike shops at age 14.  Northern Otsego County has been without a bicycle shop since Cooperstown Bicycle closed in 2010.
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THURSDAY, March 6, 2014
Magee Announces 2 Grants,
For Historical Society, CANO
Jim Kevlin/
Janet Potter, president, Greater Oneonta Historical Society board of directors, thanks Assemblyman Bill Magee, D-Nelson, when he stopped by the History Center, 183 Main St., this afternoon after announcing a $75,000 grant at a City Hall press conference.  The money will be used to install an elevator in the building at Main and Dietz, allowing renovation of the upper floors to proceed.  At right is Bob Brzozowski, GOHS executive director.  In the background are, from left, Common Council member Chip Holmes, City Manager Mike Long and John Carney, former longtime GOHS president.  Magee also announced a $75,000 grant that will be used for maintenance and exterior painting of the Wilber Mansion on Ford Avenue, headquarters of CANO (the Community Arts Network of Oneonta).
SATURDAY, March 8, 2014
Kate Donnelly, Cooperstown stays a step ahead of Sarah White, Greene, during the girls’ game in the first annual Mike Naples Youth Basketball Challenge, held at the Boys and Girls Club in Oneonta this afternoon.
Basketball Tournament
Honors Mike Naples
Ian Austin/
SUNDAY, March 9, 2014
Ian Austin/
Nicole Canon, Sean O'Connell, Malory Hunter, and Jesse Hunter, all of Oneonta, take a final pose on the runway at the end of the Perfect Bridal Show, held this afternoon at the Carriage House.
Perfect Brides For a
Perfect Bridal Show
TUESDAY, March 11, 2014
Treasurer Crowell Off
To 2 Weeks Of Training
Dan Crowell

County Treasurer Dan Crowell departs to-
morrow for two weeks of military training in
Louisiana, returning March 27, county
Board Chair Kathy Clark, R-Otego, confirmed
this morning.

Because it is only for two weeks, this may
simply be part of his annual commitment to
the Army Reserves.

The issue of Crowell's military commitment – he underwent months of Special Forces training last year – was a central issue of his campaign for reelection last fall, but he nonetheless soundly defeated his Republican challenger, Ed Keator Jr.

WEDNESDAY, March 12, 2014
Mathes: IDA Moving
Into 189 Main Offices
Jim Kevlin/
Sandy Mathes, left, the county's "single point of contact" for economic development, confers with Oneonta businessman Ed May after addressing Citizen Voices this morning at the Carriage House on Southside.  Mathes told a 50-person gathering the county IDA has contracted to move its offices into the fifth floor of 189 Main, the Class A office building at Main and Dietz.  He told the economic-development advocacy group that he's spent his first 60 days establishing contacts around the county and beginning to look at sites with potential to be "shovel ready."  Also, he has been seeking to streamline the economic-development effort to get everyone moving in the same direction.
School Closes, But Polls
Stay Open For CCS Bond

Cooperstown Central School cancelled classes today due to the expected snow storm, but polls remain open until 7 p.m. today at the middle/high school so residents can vote on the $5.9 million bond issue.
Jim Kevlin/
CCS District Clerk Wendy Lansing reviews the numbers with Superintendent of Schools C.J. Hebert after announcing at 7:21 p.m. that voters had approved the $5.9 million school bond issue, 404-278.  The school board had pared the total amount from $6.6 million after it was defeated Dec. 11 by a 180-180 tie.  Hebert said this evening that the longer voting hours – 7 a.m.-7 p.m. – and additional outreach, including an informational meeting in Hartwick Monday, may also have contributed to the positive outcome.  Closing down the machines at right are voting officials Natalie Sheldon and Jo Ann Dow.

See details of items the bond issue will cover
CCS Voters Approve
$5.9M Bond, 404-278

THURSDAY, March 13, 2014
6th Ward Athletic Foundation
Starts Fundraising With Raffle
Ian Austin/
Kathy Gravelin and Roseanne Miller, president and secretary of the newly formed Sixth Ward Athletic Association Foundation, show off a pile of raffle tickets for the group’s first fundraiser.  A $500 grand prize, two $250 prizes and five $100 will be drawn as soon as the group sells 1,000 tickets to raise money for scholarships and charities, including the Oneonta Family YMCA and Hospice. For tickets, stop by or call the 6th Ward Athletic Club,  436-9136.
Zondra Hart, who staffed the Otsego County Economic Development Office between Carolyn Lewis' resignation last August and Sandy Mathes' appointment as CEO, has resigned.

Hart, who recently opened a store at the Shops At Ford and Main in downtown Oneonta, was previously Town of Hartwick planning director.
Zondra Hart Leaves County Post
SATURDAY, March 15, 2014
Fans Idolize Ethan Harris
Ian Austin/
SUNY student and president of NASME Paul Patinka get some
help playing the tuba from Ian Daniels at OWL' musical
madness in Hartwicks' Anderson Center.
Music, Science All
Part of OWL Saturday
Ian Austin/
Just back from LA after his stint on "American Idol," country crooner Ethan Harris met with fans today at the Vinyl Vault on Main Street in Oneonta.  Here, he poses with sisters Amanda, Lauren and Nicole Lionetti from
Fly Creek.
Everyone's Irish For Day
At St. Patty's Day Dinner
Jim Kevlin/
It was all in the family in the serving line at the St. Patrick's Corn Beef & Cabbage Dinner underway until 7 at St. Mary's Parish Hall, Cooperstown.  Twins Chris, left, and Tom Hogan were at either end, and dad Bill Weber and son John, in the middle, serve Jan Gibson.  Irish step dancers were due to perform at 5:30, as was Susan O'Straub, soprano.  All are welcome. 
SUNDAY, March 16, 2014
Bob Wood Conducts CSO
In 'Stars, Stripes Forever'
Jim Kevlin/
Oneonta Town Supervisor Bob Wood joins in applauding the Catskill Symphony Orchestra last evening after winning the CSO contest to conduct the orchestra in Souza's "Stars & Stripes Forever" at the annual Cabaret Concert in SUNY Oneonta's Dewar Arena.  Otsego County Chamber President/CEO Barbara Ann Heegan and Oneonta Outlaws owner Gary Laing also competed for the honor.  The event, the CSO's largest fundraiser, raised $20,000, with members of the sellout crowd voting with dollars for their favorite contestant.  Also notable this year were the emcees:  The famous "Fabulous Beekman Boys," Josh Kilmer-Purcell and Dr. Brent Ridge of Sharon Springs.  The concert was dedicated to Wendy Brown, a CSO board member who died tragically in Franklin a little over a year ago. 
MONDAY, March 17, 2014
Tom Glavine Tours HoF
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2014 Baseball Hall of Fame Inductee Tom Glavine took his first tour of the Hall earlier today, stopping to see the space where his plaque will be placed on Sunday, July 27.  "It's hard to imagine having an opportunity like this," he said.  "I grew up watching so many of these guys play, and to be in the same catagory as them -- it's mind-blowing."  Glavine, a pitcher for the Atlanta Braves and the New York Mets, will be joined in the Plaque Gallery by Frank Thomas and Greg Maddux
Demolition Begins on Dollar General Site
Jim Kevlin/
Crews from Burrell’s Excavating, Norwich, were on the site of the former Agway in Hartwick Seminary, demolishing two houses, a barn and a garage to make way for a Dollar General store that will rise this summer.

Police Chief Michael Covert today issued an alert that a rash of Internet-related scams has broken out in the village in the past week. 

Find out how to protect yourself
WEDNESDAY, March 19, 2014
Cooperstown Suffers Rash
Of Scams, Police Chief Says
Jim Kevlin/
Margaret Savoie, Don Olin Realty proprietor, questions a particular of "neighborhood commercial," a mixed-use zone that is envisioned to allow homes and businesses to coexist along mostly Railroad Avenue and Grove Street.  The zone was unveiled by Trustee Cindy Falk, who chairs the Village Board's Economic Sustainability Committee, this evening at a town-hall-style meeting in Courtroom #1.  Some 30 people, mostly property owners and village officials, attended.  In the foreground is Steve D'Esposito, owner of the Rose & Thistle B&B, outer Chestnut.  Also in that pew are Richard Blabey, a member of Falk's committee, with wife Ann.  Behind them are Public Works Superintendent Brian Clancy and his wife.Kathy.
'Neighborhood Commercial'
Zone May Allow Mixed Use
Oneonta Gets First Look
At Klugo's Parkview Place
Ian Austin/
A few weeks ahead of move-in day for the residents of Klugo's Parkview Place, visitors were invited in this morning to tour the new apartments in the former Bresee's Department Store.  Here, Rachel Jessup heads down the spiral staircase in one of the apartments. Below her are Elaine McGeffrick and Chip's son Mike Klugo.
THURSDAY, March 20, 2014
Ian Austin/
Eugene Bettiol cut the ribbon at "the convenience store of the future" today, the redesigned southside Mirabito gas station, featuring the area's first Tim Horton's coffee franchise and a Yotopia frozen yogurt counter.  Joining him, from left, are Jessica Hadlock, Rick Mirabito, Oneonta Town Supervisor Bob Wood, Joe Mirabito, John Mirabito, Bill Mirabito, Janet Hurley-Quackenbush and Barbara Ann Heegan
FRIDAY, March 21, 2014
New Mirabito, Tim Horton's
Cut Ribbon On Southside
Juan Luis Guerra Joins
Paul Simon At HoF 75th
Fifteen-time Latin Grammy Award winner and longtime baseball fan Juan Luis Guerra will perform his hit “La Llava de Mi Corazon”   at the Saturday, Aug. 2, 75th Anniversary Cooperstown Concert at the Clark Sports Center fields in Cooperstown, LGH19 productions Loren Harriet announced.

He joins a lineup featuring the Boston Pops and Paul Simon.

The Dominican music sensation has sold over 30 million albums worldwide and has received two Grammy Awards and two Latin Billboard Awards.
Juan Luis Guerra will join Paul Simon and the Boston Pops at the Baseball Hall of Fame's 75th Anniversery Concert
SATURDAY, March 22, 2014
'Beekman Boy' Tells
How A Friendship
Overcame Ideology
Jim Kevlin/
"Beekman Boys" Josh Kilmer-Purcell, right, and Dr. Brent Ridge emceed the Catskill Symphony Orchestra Cabaret Concert Saturday, March 15, in Oneonta.
In commenting on the death of the Rev. Fred Phelps, decried as an anti-gay crusader, "Beekman Boy" Josh Kilmer-Purcell of Sharon Springs relates in "A Casserole for Fred Phelps" on the Huffington Post how, despite divergent world views, he developed a friendly long-distance acquaintance with Phelps' daughter Shirley.

In part, it reads:  "I do want to be clear about one thing: by sharing my fondness for communicating with Shirley, I'm in no way defending her family's abhorrent public behavior. There is no defense. But there may be explanations for it. Fred Phelp's 13 children, including Shirley, were brought up isolated from the world in a fenced-in compound. Several of his children, who now have children themselves living in the compound, have described Fred's parenting style as 'very strict.' Some estranged family members claimed Fred was routinely physically and emotionally abusive. It's not a stretch to believe." puts Coopertown third on its "Top 16 Small Cities In New York."
Cooperstown '3rd Best' In NY State
CAL TENNANT, MARINE: Calling hours are Thursday and the funeral Friday for the 38-year-old, who suffered from diabetes.  A native of Honesdale, Pa., he moved to Schenevus as a boy, graduating from Andrew Draper Central School there in 1993. 
MONDAY, March 24, 2014
Jim Kevlin/
The Village of Cooperstown's DPW set up cones along the northside of Main Street this morning, preparing for the cutting of all the trees -- 17 -- between Hoffman Lane and the Cooperstown Diner, as the $2 million reconstruction of downtown sidewalks begins today.  Charles Durse, a principal in Central Paving, Frankfort, which won the bid for the job, was at the scene shortly before 9.  He said the first tree will come down around noon, and tree removal should take two days.
Cooperstown Trees
Come Down Today
Ian Austin/
Demolition began this morning on the Neptune Diner, which closed Dec. 28, 2013, after almost 30 years of feeding Oneontans night and day.  In its place will go a five-store mini-mall, with construction starting in May.
First Two Trees Down
On Coop's Main Street
Jim Kevlin/
From left, Central Paving's Scott Capes, West Winfield, Doug Luppino, Herkimer,  and Greg Hight, Richfield Springs, clean up pieces of a second tree, which came down at 11:15 .m. this morning in front of Pioneer Park.  Seventeen trees on the north side of Main Street are due to be cut down in the next 2-3 days, making way for a $2 million sidewalk renovation
Maddux, Cox Visit Hall,
Preparing For Induction
Milo V. Stewart Jr./Baseball Hall of Fame
Greg Maddux, left, and Bobby Cox share a moment at the 1990s Braves exhibit during their Orientation Tour today at the National Baseball Hall of Fame. Maddux and Cox will be enshrined with the rest of the Class of 2014 on July 27 in Cooperstown.   Inductee Joe Torre, the retired Yankees manager, is due to visit tomorrow.
TUESDAY, March 25, 2014

A raging fire today destroyed the Rexmere Hotel, former headquarters of ONC BOCES and one of the few remaining of the rambling wooden hotels that once populated the Catskills.

See photos, video, articles on the inferno
Joe Torre At Hall
Jim Kevlin/
Joe Torre, who managed the New York Yankees to four World Series titles, pauses to review the "First Class" plaques a few minutes ago at the Baseball Hall of Fame.  He was at the Hall for orientation in advance of his own induction Sunday, July 27.  Behind him is Eric Strohl, the Hall's vice president for exhibitions & collections.
THURSDAY, March 27, 2014

After a national year-long search, Vance M. Brown, M.D., as president/CEO of the Bassett Healthcare Network and Bassett Medical Center, effective July 1, 2014, replacing Dr. William Streck, who has led what has grown into a nine-county system over his three decades at the helm.

“Since the time that Dr. William F. Streck announced he would be retiring, Bassett’s Board of Trustees has been preparing for the transition in leadership of the Bassett system,” said Dr. Thomas Q. Morris, Bassett board chair, in announcing the appointment today. “Finding a successor to Dr. Streck, whose vision and leadership have shaped the growth and development of Bassett for the past 30 years, was not easy. However, we believe we have found a strong leader who can further advance Bassett’s mission of providing high quality care in a challenging health care environment. We are delighted that Dr. Brown will be joining the organization.”

Dr. Brown comes to Bassett from MaineHealth in Portland, Maine, where he has been Chief Medical Officer since 2008. MaineHealth is the largest integrated health system in the three northern New England states with eight member hospitals, three affiliated hospitals and annual revenue of approximately $2 billion.


Dr.Vance M. Brown

Dennis Whalen, president of the Healthcare Association of New York State, issued this statement on the news of the succession at Bassett Healthcare:

“Bill Streck is a visionary in health care. Beginning with a firm commitment to provide patients with the highest quality, most efficient care, he then envisioned - and built - the right kind of services, organization, staff, and trustees to form a health care system that will meet the needs of today and tomorrow. Dr. Streck also played a leading role as chair of the State Public Health Council, and as chair of the State Public Health and Health Planning Council. In both roles he guided the state's deliberations on key policy decisions that will shape health care.”
Whalen:  Streck Leader
In Healthcare Statewide
Jim Kevlin/
Bassett/CEO Bill Streck, center, greets U.S. Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-NY, left, during a February press confe- rence at the Delaware Otsego in Cooperstown.  At right is Bassett VP Mike Stein.

Oneonta's first city manager will
retire in the next few months, Mayor
Dick Miller announced a few
minutes ago in an e-mail.

The mayor's statement is as follows:

"Mike Long has advised me of his
decision to retire later this spring
or summer. We are discussing the
details of his retirement plans,
including the possibility that he
might continue to work with the City as a consultant on matters related to planning and grant seeking.

"Neither of us will make any further statements on this matter until the Council meeting Tuesday night."

Long was hired effective Oct. 1, 2012

Mayor Announces
First City Manager
Will Retire Shortly
Mike Long
FRIDAY, March 28, 2014
Senators, Hall of Famers
Launch 75th-Year Coins
At Capitol Hill Ceremony
U.S. Mint designer Don Everhart examines one of his 75th anniversary Hall of Fame coins.
Photos courtesy Senator Gillibrand's Office
U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-NY, praises the Hall's 75th anniiversary commemorative coins at Thursday's launch at the U.S. Capitol.  Seated behind her are Hall of Famers Frank Robinson and Joe Morgan.
Joe Morgan autographs a promotional poster.
The National Baseball Hall of
Fame’s 75th anniversary
commemorative coins were
launched yesterday in a
ceremony at the U.S. Capitol.

Hall of Famers Joe Morgan
and Brooks Robinson joined
U.S. Treasurer Rosie Rios,
U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand,
D-NY, and U.S. Rep. Richard
Hanna, R-Barneveld.  The two legislators sponsored the legislation, which – if all the coins sell – could raise $14 million to underwrite ongoing programs at the Hall.

The coin’s curved design is the first of its kind by the Mint, developed by noted designer Don Everhart.   A baseball is depicted on the convex side of the coin’s reverse, or tails side. A baseball glove is illustrated on the concave side of the coin’s obverse, or heads side, which curves inward reflecting the natural shape of a baseball mitt.

The obverse design was selected as a result of the Mint’s National Baseball Coin Design Competition, and was chosen by Hall of Fame member judges including Morgan (second baseman, elected 1990); Robinson (third baseman, elected 1983); Ozzie Smith (shortstop, elected 2002); Don Sutton (pitcher, elected 1998); and Dave Winfield (outfielder, elected 2001).



First Tree-Cutting Phase
Completed In Downtown
The Cooperstown Diner to Pioneer Street, on Monday ...
...and the same stretch of Main Street's south side today, as the first phase of a $2 million downtown sidewalk renovation began with the cutting of trees.
This year, U.S. Rep. Chris Gibson, R-19, is a co-sponsor with two other congressmen – Tom Reed, R-NY, and Betty McCollum, D-Minn. – of a bill that would reauthorize the Older Americans Act as it was passed in 1966.  The act expires in 2006, but Congress has continued to fund pieces of it annually since.  Here is reportage associated with the legislation:



Scarzafava, Simon Lauded At Otsego Chamber Dinner
Ian Austin/
Cheers!  Rick DeBar, Larry Bennett, Simon Thorpe and Phil Lineheart toast to being named the 2014 Distinguished Business at the Otsego County Chamber Awards dinner, held at SUNY Oneonta's Hunt Union Ballroom this evening.
John and Jean Scarzafava are all smiles as he's awarded the Eugene A, Bettiol Distinguished Citizen award for his work with the Oneonta Boys and Girls Club, Hospice and other Oneonta organizations
SATURDAY, March 29, 2014
All The Colors Of the World At Cooperstown Crayon Carnival
Ian Austin/
Sarah Cook, Cooperstown, wore the kimono she brought back from her foreign exchange trip to Japan when she taught Holly Smith the art of using chopsticks in the "Stroll of Nations" pavilion at the Crayon Carnival this afternoon.  The Cooperstown Middle/High school gym was packed with kids playing carnival games, enjoying bounce houses and learning about world cultures.

An Otego man suspected of being "the largest bookie in Oneonta" is under arrest, charged with running a large-scale bookmaking business last Friday morning.  Otsego County Sheriff's deputies identified the suspect at John N. Chapman, 50, of Route 7.
City's 'Largest Bookie' Arrested
TUESDAY, April 1, 2014
Minimum-Wage Protesters
Inside Gibson's Coop Office
Jim Kevlin/
SUNY Oneonta senior Emily Knapp, left, who led this morning's demonstration in favor of a higher minimum wage inside Congressman Chris Gibson's Cooperstown office, talks on the phone with Gibson's press secretary Matt Sheehey.  The protesters said Republicans are blocking the minimum wage, but Sheehey said Gibson is not one of them, and actually supports an immediate increase to $9 an hour.  In the center is protester Ann Hager, Goodyear Lake.  At the desk is Carol Waller, Gibson's local aide, who explained the Cooperstown office is not associated with the campaign, but is simply there for constituent service.
THURSDAY, March 27, 2014
Foes, Supporters Vie
Over Pipeline Plans
Ian Austin/
Mayor Miller (white shirt) shakes hands with City Manager Mike Long after Long read a retired statement to Common Council this evening.  Applauding are, from left, Council members Russ Southard and Madolyn Palmer, City Clerk Doug Kendall, and Council members Mike Lynch and David Rissberger.

After five days of closeted negotiations, Oneonta's first city manager, Mike Long, announced he will retired May 30 after 20 months on the job.


The auditorium at
Oneonta High School
was packed nearly to
capacity this evening
for a public hearing
about the draft
environmental impact
statement, or DEIS,
for the Constitution
Pipeline project.

The crowd appeared
to be evenly split
between opponents and proponents of the 33-inch, pressurized-gas pipeline project, which would transport natural gas produced by fracking in Pennsylvania through Broome, Delaware and Schoharie counties.  (“Alternate M,” the route through Otsego County, is considered a long shot.)


Ian Austin/
Supporters and foes of the Constitution Pipeline sat side by side at this evening's hearing at Oneonta High School.  From left are Art Eldred, Whitney Point; Michal Krusinski, Walton, and Janet Sutta of Otego.
Carmela Marner, Franklin, and Oneonta native Margaret Lettis, Middlefield, stand with their "anti" signs.
SATURDAY, April 5, 2014
Oneonta's Chris Lentner
Is Newest Eagle Scout
Ian Austin/
Chris Lentner, center, stands with his Assistant Scoutmaster Scott Kolberg, Scoutmaster David Morell, former scoutmaster David Flynn and former scoutmaster Ed Uhlig, after being awarded the rank of Eagle Scout at a ceremony at St. James church this afternoon.
Railroad Tales, Cabbage Rolls Spice Up Joe & Mary Dinner
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Deb Harvey, Bruno Scavo, Tom Speranzi, and KAren Anderson pour over photos and other D&H railroad memorabilia at the 3rd annual Joe and Mary Dinner, held at the 6th Ward Athletic Club Saturday evening.
MONDAY, April 7, 2014
Katz, Tillapaugh Kuch
Sworn In To 2nd Terms
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Cooperstown Mayor Jeff Katz, top photo, is sworn in for a second term by Village Clerk Teri Barown.  His wife, Karen, holds the Bible.  At right, Ellen Tillapaugh Kuch takes the oath of office for a second term on the Village Board.  The ceremony was at 2 this afternoon.  Trustee Lou Allstadt, also reelected March 18, was absent, due to the passing of his mother-in-law.

The Village Trustees have scheduled a public hearing for 6:30 p.m. Thursday at 22 Main on a 2014-15 budget that rises $60,000 -- or 1.1 percent -- but keeps property taxes stable.

Public Hearing Thursday
On Cooperstown Budget
WEDNESDAY, April 9, 2014
Cooperstown Main Street
Blocked For Sewer Work
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Andrew Heath, a history professor at the University of Sheffield, England, wends his way past dump trucks today en route to the Baseball Hall of Fame.  Cooperstown's Main Street was shut down by contractor R.J. Mulligan to run a new sewer line into the Community Bank building to get ahead of the sidewalk project now underway.  Heath, accompanied by Tathem Ma, also a historian from Sheffield, read "William Cooper's Town" several years ago and always wanted to visit Cooperstown.  The couple are also Phillies fans from years living in Philadelphia.
Gulotty, Crowell Launch
Leadership Otsego Class
Jim Potts, right, NYCM vice president and a member of the new Leadership Otsego class, asks a question this morning in the first session at the CGP.
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Doug Gulotty (yellow shirt), the former Wilber Bank president, now a SUNY Delhi faculty member, addresses the first meeting of the revived Leadership Otsego program during the first session this morning, at the Cooperstown Graduate Program.  At the head table with him are Barbara Ann Heegan, president/CEO, Otsego County Chamber, and Pat Szarpa, Cooperstown Chamber executive director.  The Otsego Chamber revived the program after a two-year hiatus.  County Treasurer Dan Crowell also addressed the group..

Oneonta Signal Still At Issue
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Resident Paul Scheele reports drivers are confused by traffic patterns at Church and Center streets in Oneonta, where a long-existing red light was replaced by stop signs a few months ago, only to be reactivated again.  He addressed the Common Council's Facilities/Technology/Operations Committee last evening, and the matter may be referred to a consultant.  At left is Council member Chip Holmes, FTO chair.


Effective Friday, the traffic signal at Center Street and Church Street will be switched to flashing all red and all way stop signs installed on all approaches, City Clerk Doug Kendall announced this afternoon.  Questions, call the City Engineering Department at 432-6465.
All-Way Stop Signs, Flashing Reds Lights
Due On Debated Church, Center Corner
THURSDAY, April 10, 2014
Eldridge Ducking Press,
Politico Reporter Says
Politico has posted a video interview with its reporter, Alex Isenstadt, entitled "Chasing Sean Eldridge," relating how he came to the 19th District, seeking to interview the congressional candidate, but was foiled at every turn.

Eldridge, a Democrat, is running against U.S. Rep. Chris Gibson, R-19, this fall.

The reelection campaign of U.S. Rep. Chris Gibson, R-19, today is  submitting petitions with 11,000 signatures to the state Board of Elections to be listed on the Republican, Conservative and Independence party lines on the November ballot.

"Today’s strong showing demonstrates the breadth of support for our re-election efforts and my ability to unite voters across the political spectrum in our district and in Congress," Gibson said in a press release.

The Gibson campaign said it collecte 8,081 Republican signatures – 1,250 were required; 1,009 Conservative ones – 531 were required, and 1,940 Independence ones – 1,250 were required.
Gibson Files Reelection Petitions

John T. Laing, 53, Unadilla, was
arrested Wednesday morning after
10 pounds of marijuana, almost 150
marijuana plants, a triple-beam bal-
ance, $10,000 in growing equipment
and $30,102 in cash were found in his
home at 1608 Butternut Road, Otsego
County Sheriff’s deputies report.

Laing was charged criminal
possession of marijuana, first degree,
a class C felony, and unlawfully
growing of cannabis by an unlicensed
person, a misdemeanor under the NYS Public Health Law.  If convicted, he faces up to 5½ years in state prison.

Unadilla Man Charged
With Growing Marijuana
Edward D. Scharfenberger, a 65-year-old
priest from New York City, has been
ordained as the 10th bishop of the Albany
Roman Catholic Diocese, taking over
leadership of a diocese that stretches
across 14 counties and represents 330,000
Catholics, the Albany Times Union is

Representatives from Otsego County
Catholic parishes were attending the
installation at the Cathedral of the
Immaculate Conception this afternoon.

Teamsters Local 693 President
Roberta Dunker this evening
questioned the Village Board's
decision to replace 25-year employee
Tom Steele, the Village Hall
custodian, with a cleaning service.

Speaking at the public hearing on
the 2014-15 village budget, Dunker
said the move will only save $9,000.
In response, Mayor Jeff Katz pointed
her to lines in the budget showing
$23,600 for the cleaning service and
a $40,253 line for Steele, suggesting
a savings in the $17,000 range. 

In an interview after the board went
into executive session, Dunker said
Steele also cleans the fire house,
helps clear snow from streets and
has a CDL, so he can help out in
the Streets Department.  "In the end,
they're going to see it's not saving
them money," she said.

Dunker said she will try to convince the village trustees to change their minds.  If that fails, she will work through the Civil Service system so that, in the end, Steele will probably bump someone with less seniority from the village's 12-member Teamsters unit.

TROLLEYS BID OUT: Also this evening, the Village Board accepted a bid from Birnie Bus to take over operation of the trolley system.
Trustees To Replace
Employee Of 25 Years
With Cleaning Service
The Teamsters' Roberta Dunker questions the Village Board this evening.  At left is Village Treasurer Ed Keator.
Largest Crowd Ever
Takes Back the Night
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Jessi Corrigan, Valerie Tomo and Kelley-Ann Lonergan lead hundreds of SUNY Oneonta students as they marched from the Milne Library to Muller Plaza this evening in the annual "Take Back the Night" march to raise awareness of domestic and sexual violence. 
Toscana Opens in Oneonta
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Mayor Dick Miller, Barbara Ann Heegan and Shelly Giangrant join Toscana Cucina Italiana owners Tony Pepaj and Angelo Carimando in cutting the ribbon at their new restaurant at 76 Chestnut Street in Oneonta.  Also with them are Stephanie and Lorraine Pepaj and Patty Carimando.
FRIDAY, April 11, 2014
Muriel Ross, 97, Beloved Bresee's Waitress, Dies
Muriel Ross, who died this morning at age 97, chats it up with her customers in the photo spread of the Nov. 12 1948 issue of Colliers' Magazine.  She worked at Bresee's Health Bar for 35 years.

Muriel Ross, the Bresee's Health Bar waitress who was featured in a photo spread in the Nov. 12, 1948, issue Colliers's Magazine, passed away this morning.  She was 97.

Remembered for her bright red lipstick, her big rhinestone earrings and her array of practical jokes and gadgets, including a "half cup" of coffee and cup that wouldn't come off the saucer, Ross was so beloved by Oneonta diners that Sept. 30 was declared "Muriel Ross Day."
Meeting The New Bishop
The Most Rev. Edward D. Scharfenberger, the new bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Albany, greets a contingent from St. Mary's "Our Lady of the Lake" Church in Cooperstown after his installation Thursday afternoon in the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception.  Father John P. Rosson, St. Mary's pastor, is at left, and Ed and Margie Landers, at right.

Cuomo Signs Law
Dissolving MOSA
Legislation to dissolve MOSA, the Montgomery, Otsego, Schoharie Solid Waste Authority, was signed into law today by Governor Cuomo.   The legislation was sponsored by state Sen. Jim Seward, R-Milford, at the request of the three member counties and the authority.

“The service agreement governing the authority is set to expire at the end of the month, and all three member counties have done their due diligence to plan for their solid waste disposal needs in a post-MOSA world,” said Seward.  “The state legislation follows a similar home rule request to establish the authority 25 years ago.”

Along with formally ending the solid waste authority, the new law also includes a plan for the distribution of the authority’s assets and liabilities among the three member counties.

MOSA formed in 1988 to handle solid waste and recycling needs of the three member counties after new regulations required the closing of old-fashion town dumps.  The service agreement governing the authority is scheduled to expire on April 30.
SATURDAY, April 12, 2014
NanoDays, Science Kid Sid
Bring Science Excitement
Chris Rumovicz of Milford helps recycle tape cassettes at the 2014 Earth Festival, sponsored by the OCCA, under way until 3 p.m. today at Milford Central School.

For list of vendors, click here
Jim Kevlin/
Earth Fest Continues
Until 3 At Milford CS
Ian Austin/
SUNY professor Dr. Kelly Gallagher helps Ben Conte, Albany, examine a picture of brain-eating ameoba at SUNY Oneonta and OWL's NanoDays Microscopic Marvels this morning.
Penelope and Gavin Wilson, Maryland, high five Sid the Science Kid, who stopped by Foothills this morning to teach kids about the importance of recycling and healthy eating.
MONDAY, April 14, 2014
Seward Hosts Senators
At Heroin Forum Locally

State Sen. Jim Seward, R-Milford, today announced he will host the Joint Senate Task Force on Heroin & Opioid Addiction on Monday, April 28 in Oneonta.

Planned  9:30 a.m.-noon at SUNY Oneonta’s Hunt Union Ballroom, it is one of 12 such forums being held statewide to develop recommendations for treating and preventing addiction.

“Heroin use has reached epidemic proportions,” said Seward.  “Lives are being lost, our public healthcare system is being overburdened, and law enforcement resources are being stretched thin.

“Heroin is infiltrating all social, economic, and geographic sectors of our state and we need to take definitive action to halt this ugly trend,” he said.


WEDNESDAY, April 16, 2014
Mayor's Memos Outline
New-Manager Search
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City officials, department heads and members of the public almost filled Oneonta's Council Chambers Tuesday evening as Mayor Dick Miller proposed an outline for the search for a city manager to replace Mike Long

Ellie Sosnowski's Easter Message
Ellie Sosnowski has put up her Easter message on the sign at County Routes 44 and 46, Town of Milford.  For the citation, click here.  Also, for the story behind the sign, read this week's Hometown Oneonta and Freeman's Journal newspapers, on newsstands today.
Oneonta novelist Jim McCue has provided two excerpts from "The Legend of Plough-Jogger":



Oneonta Veterinary Hospital
Opens East Side Expansion
Ian Austin/
Dr. Joan Puritz cuts the ribbon on the expansion of the Oneonta Veterinary Hospital this evening with the help of Shelly Giangrant and Mitchell Lynch.  The new hospital, in the former Polar Scoops Ice Cream shop, has an extra five examination rooms and expanded space to keep the 24-hour on-call staff comfortable, including a full kitchen, a shower and a futon.