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CITIZEN VOICES' Newsletter, 6-11-13
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
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
Here is an archive of recent reports on the Bud Fowler story:
ATTEND DEDICATION OF 'FOWLER WAY'
4 PM SATURDAY, APRIL 20,
NEXT TO COOPERSTOWN CHAMBER
OF COMMERCE, 31 CHESTNUT ST.
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 CHECK ONEONTA GAS PRICES HERE! CHECK COOP GAS PRICES HERE!
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.
Follow Bill Gibson On Rounds
As Old-Time Extension Agent
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
THE FREEMAN'S JOURNAL/3-6
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
DENNIS CORCORAN'S INDUCTION WEEKEND
Believe It Or Not
OBAMA & FRACKING
For Bryan Walsh's assessment of the Obama Administration's fracking policy in advance of the president's visit to Binghamton, click here OBAMACARE: TO LEARN MORE, OR TO SIGN UP, CLICK HERE
LOCALLY, DATA PROVE
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
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
IS IT TIME FOR EXXON MOBIL
TO INVEST IN ALTERNATIVES?
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.
CCS $5.9M BOND ISSUE
UP FOR VOTE MARCH 12
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.
OLDER AMERICAN ACT
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:
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
Inside Gibson's Coop Office
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.
Foes, Supporters Vie
Over Pipeline Plans
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
statement, or DEIS,
for the Constitution
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.)
LONG RETIRES 5/30;
TREASURER FILLS IN
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.
Q&A WITH DR. VANCE BROWN,
NEW BASSETT PRESIDENT/CEO
Oneonta's Chris Lentner
Is Newest Eagle Scout
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
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.
Katz, Tillapaugh Kuch
Sworn In To 2nd Terms
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
Cooperstown Main Street
Blocked For Sewer Work
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.
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
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
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
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
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.
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.
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."
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
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.
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.
Earth Fest Continues
Until 3 At Milford CS
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.
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
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.
FOLLOW JILL CAREY MICHAEL'S
JEDEDIAH PECK INSPIRES
JIM McCUE'S NEW NOVEL
Oneonta novelist Jim McCue has provided two excerpts from "The Legend of Plough-Jogger":
Oneonta Veterinary Hospital
Opens East Side Expansion
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.
Easter Bunny Brings Eggs, Joy to Cooperstown Kids
A record 600 kids took off across the Hyde Hall fields this morning at the annual Easter Egg hunt, hoping to find one of the lucky three prize eggs among the 8,000 scattered across the lawn.
Mr, and Mrs. Bunny lead Julia Bohm,
Tara, Tess and Lincoln Dilorenzo and the rest of the kids down Pioneer Street in Cooperstown for an Easter parade and tea at the Tunnicliff Inn.
FOR A LOOK AT THE TENTATIVE
FOR PROFESSOR CARLY FICANO'S
Fully Implement Charter,
Rissberger, Malone Say
WEDNESDAY, April 23, 2014
Common Council members Larry Malone, left, and David Rissberger both also served on the Charter Commission.
The city's new charter, barely 2 years old, can certainly be adjusted, but, more important, the letter and the spirit of the document needs to be fully implements.
That the opinion of Common Council members David Rissberger, who chaired the Charter Commission, and Larry Malone. Both were elected to Council after serving on the commission.
Mayor Dick Miller has asked all former members of the Charter Commission to participate in a new committee to review the charter, following the decision of Mike Long, the first person to hold the newly created city manager position, decided to retire after only 18 months.
County Rep. Kay Stuligross, D-Oneonta,
this afternoon signed a contract to sell
Otsego Manor to Focus Ventures, a
nursing home operation based in Airmont,
Stuligross chairs the Otsego Manor
Facilities Corp., established by the
county Board of Representatives last
year to facilitate the sale of the public
nursing home. When Focus Ventures
was identified as the potential buyer in
January, the price was reported at $18.5 million.
Focus Ventures must now apply to the state Department of Health for a "certificate of need" to allow the sale to go through. "We're not anticipating any problems getting approval, but you never know," said Stuligross.
It would be "normal" for the health department to take a few weeks to four months to review Focus Ventures application. If approved, it would take another month to close on the sale.
"So we're still saying we expect to close by the end of the year," Stuligross said.
FOR MANOR SALE