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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
VOTE ON TUESDAY, NOV. 5
POLLS OPEN 6 A.M.-9 P.M.
Mayor Announces 'Oneonta Alliance'
2 Hopefuls Seek More Small Business
Citizen Voices Picks Bipartisan Slate
Looking Ahead, Hartwick Plans Beer Curriculum
THE FREEMAN'S JOURNAL/10-24
Cooperstown Hawkeyes Gone
Top Midwestern Brewer, Ommegang Unite
Village Library Reorganization Proposed
Citizen Voices Endorses Bipartisan Slate
Marras Pioneer Micro-Distilling In Baseball Town USA
Illustrating 'I Am' Books, He Meets Rich, Famous
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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
Bill and Liz Miller
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ONEONTA TOWN BOARD RACES
The four candidates for the two open seats on the Oneonta Town Board filled out questionnaires identifying key issues and giving their opinions about them. Here are their responses.
FRED VOLPE, left, and BRETT HOLLERAN at the Otsego Chamber's Celebration of Business & Small Business Banquet Oct. 18 at The Otesaga. PAT JACOB with her granddaughter Ryan Forbes.
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.
Here is City Manager Mike Long's 2014 budget,
forwarded to the mayor and Common Council
Tuesday (11/12). It holds the tax-rate increase
at 1.57 percent and forestalls any layoffs.
CITY MANAGER'S BUDGET
HOLDS TAX HIKE TO 1.57 %
WOULD KEEP TAX HIKE
TO .14 PERCENT IN '14
Son Paul, 6, helped dad Dan Crowell, the county treasurer, distributed his tentative '14 county budget this afternoon.
County Treasurer Dan Crowell
distributed his tentative 2014
budget this afternoon that
keeps the prospective tax
increase to 0.14 percent, well
below Governor Cuomo's 2
The local tax levy in the $125
million budget is held to
$11.5 million in the new
document, due in part to the
leveling off of Medicaid and
said Crowell, who won a
second term by a landslide
And things could be even
better: "Other factors,
including disengagement from
MOSA and the privatization of
Otsego Manor are not
presumed in these pages –
that is, budgetarily – to be
finalized in 2014, through
they very likely will be," he wrote in the cover sheet to the county Board of Representatives.
The county board will consider the document, likely adjust it, and approve it by year's end.
– Jim Kevlin
Printigree Cut Ribbon
At Rehabbed Bresee's
Kathy Verrelli and Theresa Cyzeski, owners of Theresa's Emporium, cut the ribbon this morning at their new location in the former Bresees' building, now Klugo's Parkview Place. With them are employee Kathy Polley, husband David Cyzeski, and Zondra Hart from the county Economic Development Office.
Oneonta Mayor Dick Miller, left, was on hand this morning as Keri Pollock cuts the ribbon at Printigree. With her are Rachael Price, Adam French, Keri's husband Dan and their children Marian, Reed, Jack and Katie. "These are exactly the kind of buisnesses we need downtown," said Miller.
'Seward Summit' Keynoter
Co-Chairs Ec-Dev Council
Dr. Robert Geer, interim president of SUNY IT,
was named Friday as co-chair of the Mohawk
Valley Economic Development Regional
Council, which includes Otsego County.
The day before, Geer had been keynoter at
state Sen. Jim Seward's "Economic Develop-
ment Summit" at Foothills in Oneonta, where
he talked about how this county and others
can participate in SUNY IT's nanotechnology-
A shot in the last minute of
play slipped through the
hands of the Marcellus keeper
to give Oneonta girls a 2-1
victory and their first State
Girls Soccer Championship in
40 years here this afternoon.
The OHS girls’ second
consecutive trip to the state
finals was the charm. On the
same field where they lost
last year's game 3-1 they
pulled out a win in a game
that looked like a replay of
last night's 2-1 victory over the
#4 ranked team in the State,
In yesterday's game, Hornell scored just 55 seconds before halftime to put the Lady Yellowjackets down 1-0 at the half, Today it was Marcellus that scored just 3:39 into the contest as Oneonta keeper Maddie Groh had a rough time fielding a ball to her right side - she appeared to stop the initial ball but then it skipped in a very tough wind and slid just inside the far post.
Mariah Ruff, named the Outstanding Offensive Player for Oneonta tied it up just minutes after the break as Oneonta gained the wind advantage and pressed the attack.
A very much back and forth match followed as both teams pushed for the win, but stiff defensive play from both teams had everyone looking for overtime as the clock ticked down.
With the large field display clock turned off at 2:00 as the referee kept the official time on the field everyone was left to speculate on exactly how much time remained.
A relatively routine shot by Oneonta's Madison Miller looked to be easily stopped by the Marcellus keeper, but it just passed through her hands and trickled across the goal line to everyone's amazement and the unlikely win.
Miller also scored the game winner in yesterday's match against Hornell just as Ruff scored the first Oneonta mark in both games.
– Brian Horey
WIN 1ST STATE
OHS' Mariah Ruff's kicked ball slips through the hands of Marcellus' goalie to tie this afternoon's state champ-
ionship contest at Oneonta. Oneonta girls won 2-1.
With less than 2 minutes to go, Marcellus goalie Maggie Fiacchi bobbles a kick from OHS' Madison Miller, who kicked the championship goal.
Budget Plan OK'd,
But 2 Councilmen
Say 'Nay' To Deficit
Council members Bob Brzozowski, left, and Chip Holmes objected that the proposed city budget again dips into the surplus.
By RICHARD WHITBY
The Common Council passed a draft budget last night, but not without dissent: Two council members, Chip Holmes of the 8th Ward and Bob Brzozowski of the 7th Wvoted opposed the measure.
For Brzozowski, the issue was the use of the $538,000 from the Unassigned Fund Balance, also known as the reserve or rainy-day fund, to balance the budget.
"I don't want to be part of a feel-good vote today that leaves somebody in the future with tougher choices to make," he said.
Holmes contended that the draft budget does nothing to address the spending and revenue conditions that have led to the city's annual struggle to make ends meet.
“I'm looking at numbers that are going to make our choices going forward very, very difficult," he said.
The new weighted-vote distribution for the Otsego County Board of Representatives increases the Republican majority from 3,529 votes to 4,146 votes, according to the official list.
Democratic votes dipped to 2,811.
Adjustments following the census increased the total votes from 6,127 to 6,227, with 3,114 votes required to pass a measure.
Republicans gained three seats in the Nov. 5 election, with Democrats gaining one.
New Weighted Voting Adds
617 To Republican Majority
Rodney Ingalls, 94; Sold Farm
Where Dreams Park Is Located
HARTWICK SEMINARY – Rodney H. Ingalls, the well-known local farmer and a founder of Cooperstown Dairy whose Clover Leaf Farm was sold for Cooperstown Dreams Park, died Tuesday. He was 94.
Calling hours are Sunday afternoon and evening at Connell, Dow & Deyseyroth Funeral Home Cooperstown, with the funeral on Monday.
TOWN COMPREHENSIVE PLAN
CHAIR PROPOSES CHANGES
Bob Harlem, chairman of the Town of Oneonta Comprehensive Plan Committee, presents the revised draft of the plan to the Town Board Wednesday, Nov. 13. To review plan, click here
State Sen. Jim Seward, R-Milford, today urged
the state Parole Board to deny the release of
David Dart, who was convicted in the slaying of
18-year-old Gillian “Jill” Gibbons in 1989 in
“This horrendous crime remains fresh in the
minds of the victim’s family, her friends, and
the community at large,” said Senator Seward.
“I see no reason why this confessed killer should be afforded the opportunity to roam free after taking a young woman’s life in cold blood.”
Seward To Parole Board:
Don't Free Convicted Killer
Oneonta Welcomes Santa
With Biggest Parade Yet
Just arrived in Oneonta for his winter residency in Muller Plaza, Santa Claus greets young Cadi Koren at the conclusion of the annual holiday parade down Main Street. The largest in recent memory, the parade featured over 36 floats, dancers and animals. Behind her are Joan Medley and Gavin Koren.
Eli Reed, Schenevus, waited outside of the Key Bank in Oneonta, barely able to contain her excitement for Santa's arrival in his horse-drawn cart! After the parade, Santa sat in his cottage to meet with kids and discuss Christmas wishes.
For Jolly Saint Nick
Jim Renckens and Ron Streck wrap a light pole with pine garland and ribbon outside the Mohican Club on Main Street, Cooperstown, as the town prepared this afternoon for Santa Claus' arrival. Jolly Old Saint Nick will come to town in his horse-drawn sleigh during Cooperstown's Christmas Parade on Friday, Nov. 29.
Garden Clubs Unite
To Decorate Fenimore
NYSHA's Joe Sargent places a bow on a Christmas tree at The Fenimore Art Museum this morning, where garden clubs from around the region were helping Cooperstown's Lake & Valley Garden Club decorate in advance of NYSHA's member reception 5:30-7 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 1. Mary Musson of the Norwich Garden Club hangs bulbs. The Lake & Valley Club's next event is the annual Green Sale & Boutique at The Farmers' Museum Louis Jones Center noon-5 Friday, Dec. 6, and 8-noon Saturday, Dec. 7.
The Glimmerglass Festival announced Puccini's "Madame Butterfly" and Rodger and Hammerstein's "Carousel" will be featured in its 2014 season.
Strauss' "Ariadne in Naxos" and Tobis Picker's "An American Tragedy" will also be produced.
Repeating another highlight of the past two seasons, Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg will again discuss opera and the law on July `9.
'Madame Butterfly,' 'Carousel'
Glimmerglass '14 Highlights
Former county rep Alex Shields, Richfield Springs, was one of only two residents addressing the county Board of Representatives' hearing on the 2014 budget. In the foreground at the table is board chair Kathy Clark, Otego, Next to her are board clerk Carol McGovern and deputy clerk Sharon Burch. Representatives in the background are, from left, Don Lindberg, Worcester; Cathy Rothenberger, Oneonta; Ed Frazier, Unadilla; Gary Koutnick, Oneonta; Keith McCarty, East Springfield; Pauline Koren, Milford; Linda Rowinski, Oneonta; Beth Rosenthal, Roseboom; Richard Murphy, Town of Oneonta, and Kay Stuligross, Oneonta.
Budget Hearing Lightly Attended
This Budget Balanced,
But City Hall May Face
Future Of Budget Pain
By RICHARD WHITBY
The City of Oneonta's 2014
budget may have inspired some
dissent on the Common Council
last week, but there's one thing
about which many of those
associated with it agree: A
reckoning is inevitable.
"There are three components of
revenue: property taxes, which
are capped by the state at 1.66
percent and nobody wants to
raise them anyway; state aid,
which hasn't been increased in
five years; and whatever happens
with sales tax," said Mayor Dick
Miller in a follow-up interview.
"We cannot control the rate of
sales tax, so we get our chunk of
whatever sales take place, and
with increasing online
merchandising, there has not
been anything like the kind of
growth in sales tax we'd need.
And we have limited access to
fees and the like. The result is revenues go up 1 percent a year, and expenses go up 4 or 5 percent a year."
The upshot is that the city faces years of painful choices every time it constructs a budget.
Mayor MIller is seen at last week's Santa Parade in downtown Oneonta with his grandson. The mayor sees years of budget challenges ahead.
Cooperstown native Nancy Hatch Dupree was written up on today's front page of the Los Angeles Times for founding the Afghanistan Center at Kabul University in honor of her late husband, archaeologist Louis Dupree.
Cooperstonian On L.A. Times Page One
Even after the doorbuster and midnight madness sales were over, Black Friday shoppers flooded the Southside Mall in Oneonta to start their holiday shopping. At Black Tree Books, Mike McClernon, Andes, browsed books on photography, while behind him, Wendy, Tiffany and Linda Cawley of Hartwick checked out the fantasy book
Underway in Oneonta
Jackets Win Drago Tourney
Fresh off a win against Johnson City, the OHS Yellowjackets basketball team shows who's #1 in today's Drago tournament championship. Top row: Tim Kamina, Albert Odero, Paul Bischoff, Jordan Gutierrez, Trevor Wolf-Gould, Willy Harrison, Brock Eichler, Noah Sheehan and Coach Jerry Mackey. Bottom Row: Ben Southern, Skylar Thompson, Mike Wolstenholme, Kevin Smith, Kragh Delello and George Foti.
Tops Friendly Markets, which operates the supermarket in Cooperstown Commons (and across Upstate New York, northern Pennsylvania and western Vermont), closed on its sale to a group of senior managers, including President/CEO Frank Curci, on Dec. 1.
President, Execs Buy
Tops Friendly Markets
Hearing Tonight On $6.6M CCS Project
Representatives from the architectural firm of BCK, Fiscal Advisors, CCS board members and Superintendent of Schools C.J. Hebert will be on hand at 7 p.m. today in the high school cafeteria to answer the public's questions on a $6.6 million bond issue that will be up for a vote next Tuesday.
CCS $6.6M Bond Earns
Positive, Negative Marks
CCS Superintendent of Schools C.J. Hebert gets some negative feedback from Pat McBrearty, foreground, of Fly Creek, about the timing of a $6.6 million bond issue to be voted on next Wednesday, but there was some positive feedback too at last night's public hearing. Others seated are board member Tony Scalici, center, and Wendell Tripp, Cooperstown.
Seward Deal Includes
Consultant To Guide
Next Steps In Ec-Dev
State Sen. Jim Seward, R-Milford, emerged
from morning-long discussions with entities
interested in economic development with a
plan that has something for everyone.
For those seeking "shovel ready" sites and
a strong executive to recruit new companies
to Otsego County, he said a consultant will
be hired to put together a pro-active program.
For those wanting a seat at the table, he said all entities, from the chambers of commerce to Mayor Dick Miller's new "Oneonta Alliance," will have a seat at the table.
For those worried that day-to-day administration of the county Economic Development Office and IDA (industrial development agency) will suffer, he said an economic-development director will be hired to fill the gap left by Carolyn Lewis' resignation.
Youngsters Help Light Tree
In Oneonta's Muller Plaza
At emcee Mayor Dick Miller's prompting, youngsters in Oneonta's Muller Plaza (including Jayden Gunther, 3, of Sidney, on stepdad Nathan Ralstonhuick's shoulders) raise their arms. and "light" the community Christmas tree at 6 this evening.
Posing for photos in front of the lighted tree was this contingent from Hampshire House: from right, Reuben James, Barbara Cronk, Dot Judd and Madeline DuGay.
SUNY Faculty Told
Of Extra Pay Hikes
By End Of January
More than half of SUNY Oneonta's
assistant professors and more than a
quarter of the associate professors will get
raises in late January under President
Nancy Kleniewski's plan.
The president, as announced Nov. 20, is
reallocating $250,000 this year for faculty
raises and $250,000 next year. The
impetus was "fairness," according to her
spokesman, Hal Legg. Specifically, the aim is to reduce "salary inversion," whereby new hires' salaries are higher than faculty already in place.
Details of the raises were shared in Wednesday and Thursday meetings between faculty, Kleniewski, Provost Maria Thompson and Todd Foreman, vice president/finance & administration, according to Legg.
To address inversion, the Kleniewski Plan increased "promotional increments": faculty moving from assistant to associate professor will see a $3,500 raise, (up from $2,500); and from associate to full, $4,200 (up from $3,500).
Minimum salaries are being raised to $53,433 for assistants, $59,033 for associates, and $64,533 for full professors. Faculty members earning less than that will rise to that level immediately.
Due to illness of two of its members, the Manhattan Transfer concert scheduled for Sunday at Foothills Performing Arts Center has been rescheduled for March 9.
Ticketholders will be able to simply keep their tickets for the March 9 show and keep the seats they have reserved. If for some reason a ticketholder is unable to attend the March 9 show, refunds are available.
If you bought tickets locally and want a refund, call 431-2080. If you bought tickets on the web, call Frontgate Tickets at 1-888-512-7469 for a refund.
Manhattan Transfer Postponed To 3/9
Bill Haase Retires At Year's End
As Baseball Hall Of Fame's CFO
Hall of Fame photo
Bill Haase in the Hall of Plaques
Bill Haase, the National Baseball Hall of Fame’s senior vice president, will retire at the end of the year, concluding a career that has featured more than 30 years in baseball, 13 locally.
Haase was hired in September 2000 by then-president Dale Petroskey as vice president of business and administration, responsible then and now for accounting, finance, human resources and plant. He became senior VP in January 2001.
Haase previously spent 18 years – 1975-92 – with the Detroit Tigers, the final nine as executive vice president and chief operating officer. “To cap it off here in Cooperstown is as sweet as it gets," said Haase.
A veteran, Haase has been active in the Cooperstown Vets' Club.
Bill and his wife, Sandy, will split time between his native Michigan and Cooperstown following his retirement.
The Village Board is planning a work session on paid parking at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 11. The meeting is open to the public, but no comments will be accepted.
Trustees To Discuss Paid-Parking Law
Turning Tables, Bill Rigby Gives Gift to Santa Claus
Santa Claus accepts the prototype of Bill Rigby's "Tin Brilliant" ornament, several of which can be seen in his Pioneer Park cottage. The customized tin ornament is made of seventeen individual ornaments, each themselves made in an antique mold. As an added gift to the Christmas Committee, Rigby has offered to maintain the city's ornaments for years to come.
Festival Of Trees Underway At Glimmerglass State Park
Ryanne Young, Glimmerglass State Park office manager oversees Angela Ellwanger, Oneonta, in helping her kids, Lucia and Michael make "Rudolph in a Snowstorm" pictures at the Festival of Trees, now happening in the Lake Room at Glimmerglass. The festival continues tonight and tomorrow with music, wagon rides, Christmas caroling and lights on the historic covered bridge.
County Honorees Among
335 Recognized At SUNY
Grad Hannah Joy Bergene, Phoenix Mills, celebrates with family members -- from left, sister Kristen, dad Greg and mom Sue -- as SUNY Oneonta today recognized 335 master's and bachelor's candidates who had fulfilled their requirements for degrees at the end of the just-completed semester. So many people attended the ceremony that spectators filled the walkway around the top of Dewar Arena. While the grads were recognized today, they won't actually have diploma in hand until the SUNY trustees take a formal vote in the spring.
Oneonta grads included Cheryl Jean Parisian, posing here with family members, from right, sister Lisa, mom and dad Cheryl and Steve, uncle and aunt Sid and Deb, boyfriend David Carman and grandparents Janice and Dave Currie.
You have until 5 today to participate in Foothills' Day of Giving by dropping off non-perishable foods at the Oneonta performing arts center. Here, volunteer Mitch Lynch, left, drops off boxes to help in the sorting of donations. Others, from left, are Foothills Executive Director Huemac Garcia, board President Carol Blazina and volunteer Roxana Hurlburt.
Donations Pile Up At Foothills Day Of Giving