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Katz, Democrats Ready For Office

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Redistricting Moves Hanna Out Of Otsego

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LITTLE ICE: Otsego Lake was iced over on only one day this winter, Feb. 9, the Biological Field Station reports. The last winter the lake didn’t freeze was 2002-03, the first time since records were kept in 1842. MAGIC EVENING: “Magical Night at the Museum” is the theme for this summer’s NYSHA/Farmers’ Museum gala, planned Friday, June 13. Guests will dine in The Fenimore Museum’s main gallery, then dance on the patio.

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ive defense lawyers and Assistant District Attorney J.R. Parshall met for 50 minutes Monday, March 19, in a side room off Hartwick Town Court, where they may have agreed to the parameters of a deal to resolve hazing-related cases against five CCS varsity football players. However, neither Parshall or any of the other lawyers were providing any particulars. Such an agreement would have to be approved by District Attorney John D. Muehl, according to Hartwick Town Justice Mary Folts, who has the case. Muehl would send his recommendation to the town justice, and she could either approve or reject any understanding arrived at by the lawyers. Please See HAZING, A6

Sydney Waller, who operates The Garage gallery on Beaver Meadow Road, examines a truck carved by the late Lavern Kelly, Oneonta, subject of a three-day show March 16-18. Some of Kelly’s carvings are in the Smithsonian.

.S. Rep. Richard Hanna, R-Barneveld, will no longer represent Otsego County. Final districts approved Friday, March 16, by the state Legislature put the county completely in what is Hanna now the 19th Congressional District. U.S. Rep. Chris Gibson, R-Kinderhook, now representing the eastern part of the county, announced Monday, March 19, he will run in the new district.

Hazing Cases May Be Due For Plea Deal

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Mayor-elect Jeff Katz reviews the returns at a celebration at Village Democratic chair Richie Abbate’s after the polls closed Tuesday, March 20. From left are Abbate, reelected Trustee Jim Dean, Katz’s son Joey and Abbate’s son Dominick.

New Mayor To Adjust Old Mayor’s Budget By JIM KEVLIN COOPERSTOWN

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ay what you will about a Unity Ticket, but it’s competition that gets out the vote. Yes, the unopposed Democratic slate for Village Board, Jeff Katz for mayor, and incumbent Jim Dean and newcomer Cindy Falk for trustee did win seats in the Tuesday, March 20, Newly elected Trustee Cindy Falk, left, who led the ticket, elections. accepts applause. But despite a letter-writing cam-

paign encouraging people to go to the polls, the three tallied 176, 171 and 177 votes respectively, a shadow of the 760 votes cast in the last mayoral elections, 2010, when now-departing Mayor Joe Booan, a Republican, tallied 431 to Democrat Katz’s 329. Another 40 absentee ballots are still to be counted; there were three write-ins, but Village Clerk Teri Barown, an elections judge, didn’t immediately know who they were for. Please See ELECTIONS, A6

Fracking Mystery To Many, But 52% In Know Favor It

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or the first time, a poll, by the Pew Research Center For The People & The Press, finds more than half of the people (52 percent) who have heard about fracking nationally favor it, while 35 percent are opposed to the process. But the survey also finds there is limited awareness about fracking: Just 26 percent say they have heard a lot about fracking, while 37 percent have heard a little and 37 percent have heard nothing at all. There is a wide partisan gap: 73 percent of Republicans who have heard of fracking favor it, compared with 54 percent of independents and just 33 percent of Democrats.

‘Arcadia’ Brings Home Best-Selling Author Lauren Groff By LIBBY CUDMORE COOPERSTOWN

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ovelist Lauren Groff has a lot of baggage. “I’m weighed down with this book,” she said. “Every time I go to the bookstore, I buy like 50 copies!” The New York Times

IF YOU GO: Lauren Groff reads, signs books, 5 p.m., Saturday, March 24, Templeton Hall. best-selling author of “Monsters of Templeton,” Cooperstown native Lauren Groff’s latest novel, “Arcadia,” was launched Tuesday, March 13, in Miami – (and she is signing books locally,

Friday, March 23, in Oneonta and Saturday, March 24, in Cooperstown.) “Ron Charles of The Washington Post gave it a very positive review,” she said. “Having his seal of approval makes me really, really happy.” Groff also recently returned from presenting a panel at the Association of Writers and Writing Please See GROFF, A3

Lauren Groff, now living in Florida, will be back in Otsego County for booksignings shortly.

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THURSDAY, MARCH 22, 2012

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abbit in My Garden� by Wanda Thompson of Bainbridge and “Album of Memories� by Sheila Francesconi of Otego tied for the Viewer’s Choice Award at the Fenimore Quilt Club’s annual show at the Cooperstown Art Association. The CAA estimates over 2,000 quilt lovers attended this year’s show. Sandy Jones of Clifton Park, daughter of Quilt Club member Joyce Jones, won the raffle quilt. TWO INTERNSHIPS: Deirdre Donley, Cooperstown, and Ariel Y. Powers, Milford, have received internships at SUNY Oswego’s Experience-Based Education Program. DAVIDSON CITED: Emily Davidson of Cooperstown was inducted into the SUNY Oneonta chapter of Phi Eta Sigma, the national scholastic honor society for college freshmen. BAUER ON LIST: Robert Alan Bauer, a senior majoring in cell and developmental biology at the University of Rochester, has been named to the Dean’s List for the fall 2011 semester. The CCS graduate is a son of Michael and Stephanie Bauer.

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hree county students will compete in the 24th Congressional District Art Show at the Munson-Williams-Proctor Art Institute, Utica: • Kira Bryant, Cooperstown, “Shades,â€? oil on board. • Julien Miller, Cherry Valley, “20 Faces,â€? scratchboard. • Hannah Sell, Hartwick, “A Walk by the Seaâ€? photography. These students receive Junior Citations in the county exhibit at the Cooperstown Art Association: • Avalon Ward, Milford, “Untitled,â€? acrylic. • Marlise Schneider, Cherry Valley-Springfield, “In My Eyes,â€? photography. • Robert Iverson, Cooperstown, “Untitled,â€? oil on board. • Melissa Edwards, Cherry Valley-Springfield Central School for “Green House,â€? oil painting. • Alex Johnson, Cooperstown, “Untitledâ€? low-fire ceramic sculpture. 12 SCULPTURES: Cherry Valley Artworks is seeking 12 artists for its annual Summer Sculpture Trail. Call Jane Sapinsky at (607) 264-3080.or e-mail cherrvalleyartworks@live. com for details.


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LOCALS ’90s Generation Of Cooperstown Authors Suddenly Breaking Into Print All At Once By LIBBY CUDMORE COOPERSTOWN

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ooperstown, the home of James Fenimore Cooper, may be seeing a resurgence in its literary traditions. Authors from generation of CCS grads from the 1990s are suddenly publishing books all at once. New York Times Best-Seller Lauren Groff Timberg brings her latest novel, “Arcadia” to Cooperstown on Saturday, March 24. The book has received glowing praise from both the New York Times and the Washington Post. “Ron Charles gave it a very positive review,” said the daughter of Dr. Gerald and Jeannine Groff. “Having his seal of approval makes me really, really happy.” “Cooperstown is becoming a very literary scene,” added Craig Timberg, author of the just-released “Timber,” a nonfiction work he co-authored with Daniel Halperin about the AIDS crisis in Africa. “We haven’t had this many authors in a long time.” Timberg, whose wife Ruey – daughter of Ed and Joan Badgley – is a Cooperstown native, wrote much of “Tinderbox” from a cabin with no electric-

Kelsey Banfield, daughter of Dr. Roger and Carla MacMillan, has just published “The Naptime Chef.”

ity or running water in Middlefield. He charged up his laptop batteries at his in-laws house and used a nearby cell phone tower to connect to the internet and Skype his interview subjects. Kelsey Banfield, author of “The Naptime Chef” and daughter of Dr. Roger and Carla MacMillan, directly credits her Cooperstown upbringing with the writing of her book. Her father’s famous bread-and-butter pickle recipe is included, along with other dishes she “begged” her friends to teach her to make. “People pass things around in

Cooperstown,” she said. “Having those recipes from family and friends is really reflective of a home cook kitchen.” Callie Wright set her forthcoming novel “Love All” in Cooperstown. “You don’t realize how special this place is until you leave,” she said. The novel follows the “scandals, old and new” of three generations of a fictional family. “I wanted to explore Cooperstown and write a story about what it was like to live here in 1994. Even the grocery store is historically accurate.”

Groff took inspiration for “Arcadia” from upstate utopian communes. Her research led her to stay at the Mansion House, a remnant of the 19th-century Utopian Oneida Community near Utica that managed to hold together for an unprecedented 40 years. “I just started thinking about idealism – how people strive to create a better world.” Groff will be reading from “Arcadia” at Templeton Hall on Saturday, March 24, and both Timberg and Banfield hope to have a reunion of all the local literary talent sometime in the summer.

Lauren Groff To Share ‘Arcadia’ With Her Hometown GROFF/From A1 Programs’ conference in Chicago. “You get so overwhelmed by the sheer number of people who do what you do,” she said. She started writing “Arcadia” five years ago – “the natural lifespan of writing a book,” as she describes it – while she was pregnant with her son. “I got incredibly anxious,” she said. “It was that strange historic moment where everyone was so cynical. It felt like the world was going to end.” “One of the ways I pull myself out of sadness is to get passionate about a proj-

ect,” she continued. She began researching happiness, which included reading the biographies of people who tried to create the utopian experience in the early 19th century and in the 1960’s. Her research led her to stay at the Mansion House, a remnant of the 19th-century Utopian Oneida Community near Utica that managed to hold together for an unprecedented 40 years. “I just started thinking about idealism – how people strive to create a better world.” Inspired by her newborn son, she chose to write from the point of view of a little

boy. “I tried to perceive the world through his eyes,” she said. Raised in Cooperstown, the daughter of Dr. Gerald and Jeannine Groff, she has been living in Florida in recent years. Now a full-time writer, Groff admits that it wasn’t always easy. “I decided I wanted to write full time after graduation” from Amherst, she said. “That lasted about a week.” She tended bar and worked in telecommunications before deciding to return the University of Wisconsin at Madison to get her MFA. She sits down at her

desk every morning at 9 a.m. “I’m a big believer in just showing up,” she said. “Whether or not your story is there waiting is another thing.” When the words don’t come, she researches or revises. Groff writes her first drafts in longhand. “It allows me to write without feeling like anything’s set in stone,” she said. When the first draft is finished, she reads it and throws it out. “I do that two or three times,” she said. When she finally does type it, her husband is the first one to read the polished draft. “It seems laborious, but it’s so great.”

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HAZING/From A1 Parshall said he isn’t sure of the timeline. “Five lawyers are working on it,” he said. “They may work on it today. Or they may work on it three weeks from now.” The defense lawyers gathered with their clients and family members in front of town hall at about 5. At 5:15, the five boys left the property for a nearby building, where they waited to learn the outcome. The lawyers, Monica Carrascoso, Gar Gozigian, Ryan Miosek, William Schebaum and Les Sittler, then conferred with Parshall in the town hall’s zoning conference room, across the hall from Town Court, for about 50 minutes. At one point, they called in the complainant’s father for few minutes. Parshall has made it clear he does not represent the complainant in this case, but rather “the State of New York.” When court convened about 6:05, Carroscoso and then Sittler, representing Derek Liner and Boone Rose respectively, waived arraignment for their clients and entered not guilty pleas. The other three defendants had already been arraigned and pleaded not guilty. The town justice set May 9 as the deadline for any motions the lawyers may want to file. If an agreement is reached, the matter could be resolved by then. The resolution of these

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five cases would end, for the time being, official action that grew out of a November announcement by CCS High School Principal Mike Cring and Athletic Director Jay Baldo that “a matter of extreme concern” had surfaced. “Through interviews with players,” Cring and Baldo said in a letter to football parents, “information has been revealed that confirms acts of hazing have occurred between players during this past season as well as in prior years.” The county Sheriff’s Department was called into investigate, and investigators ended up sending affidavits to Otsego Town Court, where Justice Jim Wolff issued the harassment charges. Meanwhile, a disciplinary “superintendent’s hearing” was held in early December that suspended at least Liner and Jeff Flynn for 30 days. When the suspensions expired but the court cases were still pending, Flynn and Liner joined the CCS varsity basketball team, which went on to states but was defeated in the state semi-finals Friday, March 16, in Glens Falls. The CCS board created a Character-Development Committee to explore what programs might be added, and is examining what changes may be advisable in the coaches’ handbook.

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Perspectives

THURSDAY, MARCH 22, 2012

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Upstate Too Populated To Accommodate Huge Wind Turbines

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o you get wind-power regret once in a while? Harnessing wind to create power. What a great idea, harnessing a natural phenomenon that’s as ubiquitous as the air we breath. Replace fossils fuels, free us from the Arabs. What’s not to like? It’s been five years now since Community Energy/Iberdrola retreated from a 70-turbine project on a ridge north of Otsego Lake, and since Reunion Power abandoned plans for 24 turbines in Cherry Valley. Did opponents – this editorial page among them – make a mistake? (Pause.) Short answer: No. Longer answer: A resounding no. • Some 150 people left their gardening and delayed their bike riding on the sunny afternoon of Sunday, March 18, and entered the windowless Mount Markham High School auditorium in West Winfield to view Laura Israel’s “Windfall.” It’s a mistake to call “Windfall” an anti-wind-development film. It’s a documentary, where interview upon interview traces how the people of Meredith in northern Delaware County – home of Han-

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Meredith Town Supervisor Keitha Capouya, right, and Ken Jaffe, who is growing grass-fed beef there, answer questions after the Mount Markhem “Windfall.” Protect Richfield’s Lon Merritt is at podium.

ford Mills Museum – went from pro-wind to worried to no-way, no-how anti-wind. It’s also a little bit of a horror story, a modern-day “Young Goodman Brown,” where innocent and unsuspecting neighbors slowly realize something awful is about to happen to their rural community. The horror, indeed. It’s a David v. Goliath parable too. You don’t know at the beginning if the Delaware County

Davids will win. Actually, things don’t look too good. Frank Bachler, the seasoned, level-headed and congenial town supervisor, is opting for big wind, as is the town’s power structure. The antis are pictured as a minority of Young Goodman Browns, out-of-towners lacking an appreciation for how what wind promises might save financially ailing dairy farms. (Cameo appearances include Dan Birnbaum of Oneonta’s Damascene Book Cellar.) Long story short, as the facts emerge about wind power, the town moves from the pro-wind to the anti-wind column. This is unclear until the end – that’s the drama – when town Planning Board chair Keitha Capouya, after her board’s year of research is rejected by the Town Board, leads a slate that ousts the Bachler claque in the November 2011. • Along the way, we’re reminded of all those issues that were front of mind during the year of Jordanville and Reunion debates: • The hum, hum, hum, 24-7, ala “Tell Tale Heart,” and its impact on folks living in the community. • The flicker effect – the footage from the 170-turbine Tug Hill installations is truly alarming.

• Fires in the turbines, 400 feet above the ground. And occasionally, a tower topples. • The less-than-negligible effect of these small wind projects on our nation’s energy needs – wind power is so erratic that the base providers, coal- and nuclear-powered plants, must still run full tilt. • The conclusion that these wind farms produce, not power, but tax breaks – the original company depreciates the $10 million turbines over five years, then sells them to the next utility, which depreciates them for the next five years, etc. • Finally, 25 years hence, the turbines wear out – so long, Meredith, so long, Jordanville – and the utilities depart, leaving hundreds of 400-foot-tall behemoths littering the landscape, to be removed at taxpayer expense. What a scam, indeed. • This is more than academic. The Mount Markham screening was organized by Protect Richfield, a citizens group resisting Ridgeline Energy’s six-turbine Monticello Hills Wind Project. The Town Board has approved a host agreement, but – bravely and wisely – the new town supervisor, Fran Enjem, has declined to sign it pending the resolution of an Article 78 proceeding to halt the

project, to be argued March 30 in a Wampsville courtroom. Audience members included Manlius attorney Doug Zamelis (with mom and stepfather, Maria and Wendell Tripp of Cooperstown.) Zamelis, lawyer for the suing neighbors, was able to stop the Jordanville project in its tracks. He’s a scrapper, and a brainy one. Let’s hope he succeeds in this situation, too. Little’s been heard about it, but Ridgeline also is proposing 6-12 turbines in the Town of Maryland, outside Schenevus. Neighbors there need to start paying attention. A great place to start would be for someone to screen “Windfall” at Schenevus Central School; the future of the community may depend on it. It’s said there’s enough wind in North Dakota to power the nation, and that’s great. Nobody lives there. And with ultracapacitors like those being developed at Oneonta’s Ioxus, perhaps the national grid can be upgraded so North Dakota power can be distributed nationwide. But in Upstate New York, no. No wind power. We’re rural, but not deserted; plus, we have so much more to offer the state and nation. In the Great Plains or Death Valley, maybe. Not here.

LETTERS

Unthinkingly, Pesticides From Cooperstown May Be Polluting Chesapeake Bay To the Editor: Spring is nearly upon us – a time to rejoice and do all we can to encourage the growth of our lawns and flowers. In our enthusiasm we go to stores to buy whatever we think will make them beautiful, including fertilizers, herbicides and pesticides. Next we may decide to hire companies to spray our lawns to kill pesky weeds and insects that we feel may keep them from being less than beautiful, without considering the fact that what kills some living things can kill other living things: birds, bees, and who knows

IF YOU GO: “A Chemical Reaction,” a 70-minute film on Hudson, Que.’s decision to ban pesticides, 7 p.m. Monday, April 9, Templeton Hall, Pioneer and Church streets, Cooperstown. what else, not to mention what the accumulation of such chemicals can mean downstream from us. The Chesapeake Bay is a national pollution disaster. Aquatic life – oysters, shrimp, and fish – has almost entirely died out and the water is unsafe for

swimming. Cooperstown is the first town on the Susquehanna River, the main tributary flowing into Chesapeake Bay. Are we contributing to downriver pollution, not to mention slowly accumulating local contamination from those chemicals that do not break down? Though we keep our drinking water here in Cooperstown in what is reported to be safe condition, the water that flows downriver from here has not been put through the Village’s purification system. Though we may have only green thumb intentions

when we open a bottle of Roundup or other chemicals to kill pesky weeds and insects, we may be contributing to pollution of our environment here or at some distance from us. Though Monsanto and other companies making these products may declare they are safe, we should keep in mind that Monsanto and Dow Chemical declared Agent Orange safe. The Supreme Court of Canada, using what they referred to as “the precautionary principle,” decreed that Hudson, Que., a town of 5,000, was within its rights to ban the residential use of

pesticides and herbicides. Their ban was based on concern for people and other living creatures. But soon after this ban was validated in Canada, the companies that create and sell these products lobbied many state legislators in the U.S. to deny that right to their constituents. This now means that 41 states, including New York, have preemptive laws about that control of pesticides and herbicides; that is, local legislative bodies cannot enact laws that are stricter than those already enacted by the state. However, there have been

inroads on the state’s laws, particularly where children might be exposed in confined areas to herbicides and pesticides such as school playgrounds. I believe it’s up to us as individuals to question what potential harm to life we are doing when we use chemicals to spray and fertilize our lawns and gardens. Shouldn’t we in the U.S. also adopt the precautionary principle about the use of chemicals whose consequences we do not really know? SAMUEL WILCOX Cooperstown

Big Wind Big Threat To Upstate New York Way Of Life To the Editor: A big congratulations and thank you to the people who fought so diligently to preserve the Town of Middlefield’s right to

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ent yet similar battle. An out-of-town developer has proposed an 18-megawatt industrial wind project with nearly 500-foot turbines, complete with power lines and substation. The project is currently in limbo awaiting, the court’s decision on the validity of the special permit that was issued in November 2011. The aesthetic resources of our area should not be marginalized in order to justify profits for large, mostly foreign corporations and a handful of landowners. Our quiet tranquility, gorgeous vistas and dark night skies are a few of the reasons that people decide to make our area home. If we allow this industrial development using 492-foot tall, 300-ton turbines to be constructed in our area, these same aesthetic resources will be destroyed. These wind turbines

create noise levels that far exceed what even the DEC states will annoy nearby residents, their bright flashing red strobe lights infect the darkness of the night sky. As someone who enjoys gazing at the stars, this would be a travesty. The developers tout that this is all done in the name of green energy. When you research this form of energy it does not take long to conclude that it is really about green money for these large foreign corporations. Industrial wind turbine projects are heavily subsidized by our tax dollars and it they provide very little energy for this massive investment. If you do the research, you will conclude this is not a reliable, economic form of energy. We cannot afford waste our limited tax dollars on this failed technology. We absolutely need a sustainable energy policy

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but this needs to be determined by science, NOT by Washington lobbyists for the benefit of the corporations that pursue tax dollars. The resources of our area and our rural way of life are under assault all in the name of corporate profits. It is imperative that we preserve these assets and it is up to us to fight for their preser-

vation for the present and future generations to enjoy. Common sense dictates that we should not bankrupt our country by subsidizing an environmentally destructive, inefficient, failed technology that provides power not when you need it, but only when the wind blows. CAROL FRIGAULT Town of Richfield

Questions For District Attorney, Board Of Education To the Editor: Regarding the hazing incidents at CCS, I have two simple questions for District Attorney Muehl and Assistant District Attorney Parshall. 1) If the victim(s) had been female or their sons, would they be so cavalier about prosecuting those accused of committing the attacks?

2) When is sexual harassment a prank and when is it a crime? It would also appear that the CCS administration and BOE are more interested in having winning teams than moral standards. WILLIAM DORNBURG Cooperstown


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BOUND VOLUMES Compiled by Tom Heitz from Freeman’s Journal archives, courtesy of the New York State Historical Association Library

200 YEARS AGO

Common Schools – Gentlemen, pursuant to the power, vested in me by the act passed April 9, 1811, Jedediah Peck, John Murray, junior, Samuel Russell, Roger Skinner & Robert McComb, were appointed commissioners, to report a system for the organization and establishment of common schools. The revenue of the school fund for this year is estimated at $45,216.94 from the following sources: Annual interest on bonds and mortgages -- $21,765.93; Dividends on bank stock -- $14,850.00; Probable collections from persons refusing to do military duty -- $1,600.00; Proceeds of the clerk’s office of the supreme courts -- $7,000.00. Total: $45,216.95. (Ed. Note: This amount constituted the entire budget for common schools in the State of New York for the 1812-1813 school year) March 21, 1812

175 YEARS AGO

Excerpts from a letter signed A.S. in reply to Jabez D. Hammond’s letter regarding the education of Common School teachers published in last week’s edition – “Whether the young men trained to teaching will continue in that employment will depend altogether on the pecuniary inducements presented to them. If the standard of opinion with regard to the remuneration of teachers cannot be raised, all hope of making the common school system what it ought to be will be at an end. But I have full confidence that this radical error will be corrected.� March 27, 1837

150 YEARS AGO

Death of Lieutenant Allen – The telegraphic announcement on Wednesday that Lieut. Geo. D. Allen of the 51st Regiment, was slain at the battle of Newbern, North Carolina, threw a feeling of gloom over our village. Lieut. Allen was a young man of good talent and the most exemplary character, who had won the confidence and esteem of our citizens. We believe he was

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50 YEARS AGO

workman and a civil engineer – which was used by him in surveying the Erie Canal, on which work he was employed. Mr. Tanner was a cousin to Commodore Perry, after whose father he was named. Speaking of liquor licenses, a Richfield Springs gentleman said to us the other day – “In our town we select as Excise Commissioners three good common-sense men of decision and character, and who are not afraid to act in the public interest. The result is no saloon licenses are granted in Richfield. March 26, 1887

100 YEARS AGO

“The Wearing of the Green� was the favorite hymn at the Village Club Monday evening. Almost everyone wore more or less of the emerald, and those who didn’t were green with envy. The spirit of Irish good humor prevailed. The decorations were in keeping with the occasion and there was something to provoke a smile at every turn. Down in the dining room a pile of bricks and shillelaghs was labeled “Irish artillery� and a plug hat with snakes in it was March 21, 1962 suspended from the ceiling. As an “open house� occasion, it was the best yet. March 20, 1912 a native of Westford. He taught one of the district schools of this village several terms. Soon after the breaking out of the war he was actively engaged in raising a company, Over 300 girls and boys will play an of which he was made 2nd Lieutenant, active part in the eighth annual physical and was afterwards promoted to first. His education demonstration pageant to be untimely death will be deeply regretted by a presented at the Cooperstown High School large circle of friends and acquaintances. gymnasium Friday and Saturday evenings, March 21, 1862 April 2 and 3. “The Land of the Rising Sun� is the theme and the gymnasium will be transformed into a Japanese Temple surrounded by lanterns of all colors and Local – Miss Molly Imogene Bassett, shapes. Every child, from the second grade who graduated as physician and surgeon through the grammar department will be at the Woman’s Medical College of Penndressed in flowery kimonos. The younger sylvania at Philadelphia, on the 17th inst., boys will also wear kimonos in plain colors, (March 17, 1887) will practice her profestypical attire in Japan. To add to the Japasion in Cooperstown. nese effect thirty dozen chrysanthemums in Mr. P.G. Tanner has in his possession a box compass which was made by his father, all colors will be plentiful as well as garlands of cherry blossoms. The older boys Perry Tanner – who was an ingenious

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will represent Coolies and will wear straw hats in all types and colors. A Jinrikisha will be seen a few of the leading numbers. A small fee of 25 cents will be charged for admission. March 24, 1937

25 YEARS AGO

Thirty-seven students from grades 7-12 will represent Cooperstown at the AllCounty Music Festival to be held Saturday, March 28, at 3:30 p.m. in the Oneonta High School auditorium. CCS senior high chorus participants include Arden Hill, Christine Hotaling, Krista Yanchisin, Andrea Luoma, Kristen Larsen, Diana Wheeler, Adrian Rudloff, Kevin Bowers, Ted Kirk, Christopher Weaver and Todd Baker. Junior High choir students from CCS will be Abby Rodd, Kendra Bowers, Tina Baker, Amelia Ellsworth, Brian McKeon, and Kris Luoma. CCS Senior Band members are Ruey Badgley, Kathy Ives, Lori Fassett, Philip Johnson, Sara Kelly, Chris Seaman, Jason Hill, Amy Reese, Tim Iversen, and Nate Lewin. CCS junior Band members are Tammy Flack, Elizabeth Tims, Julie Deichman, Charlotte Tims, Jason Afourtit, Matthew Reese, Scott Dewell, Greg Pratt, Cory Flack and Jennifer Murdock. March 25, 1987

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The lack of lake ice for the first winter in recorded history does not mean Otsego Lake was warm this season. Scientists at the SUNY-Oneonta Biological Field Station have recorded lake temperatures that are colder than ever because there has been no ice cover according to BFS director Dr. Willard Harman. In the winter, the warmest water is on the bottom, Dr. Harman explained. After the lake freezes, the cooling occurs near the surface as ice forms and protects the lake from wind. This year, amidst milder temperatures, strong winds kept the lake from freezing and caused lake water to circulate all winter. March 22, 2002

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A-6 THE FREEMAN’S JOURNAL

Votes Low As Unchallenged Slate Sweeps ELECTIONS/From A1 For a half-century, the village’s eminences gris used to put together a Unity Ticket – Republican and Democratic leaders agreed on a single slate. But that was then. In 1978, Republican Paul Clark defeated Democrat Bill Zoeller, and started a tradition of contested races that has continued 34 years. While expected, the news was greeted with enthusiastic applause when Village Democratic chair Richie Abbate arrived at a celebration at his Westridge Road home a few minutes after the polls closed at the firehouse, and Katz was eager to get started. “The finances of the village are always the challenge,” he said, recalling that, after the 2010 setback, he showed up at a budget meeting at 8 a.m. the next morning, shook Booan’s hand and congratulated him, and got to work on that year’s budget. Earlier on this Election Day, Booan had submitted a tentative 2012-13 budget, as required, at 22 Main, and the soon-to-be mayor – Katz takes office April 1 – had already reviewed it and made an initial assessment, focusing on the hot issue of street repair. Four things struck him. One, that Booan had designated $350,000 for “shortterm street repair,” $100,000 more than last year. The street reserve is reduced to zero and the building reserve to $20,000,

too lean, Katz said. And the water reserve is $200,000. Katz said his inclination is to build the street reserve so that a major project, perhaps the Susquehanna Avenue reconstruction, can be done, perhaps by raising taxes 2 percent annually to avoid sizeable periodic hikes that have occurred in the past after years of holding the line. The first street job, already in the works, Katz said, is probably completion of the complicated Chestnut-Walnut-Linden project, adjacent to the Gateway Jim Kevlin/The Freeman’s Journal construction due to begin in Karen Katz, foreground, leads the applause as the results of the 2012 Village of Cooperstown electhe next few weeks. It has tions were announced to Democrats gathered at Village Democratic Chairman Richie Abbate’s house. street, water line and sewerage challenges. troversy over paid parking That, and the exploration Mercantile Exchange. He is Katz’s election – his local neared the end of her fiveterm tenure in 2009, she that divided village opinion, of merging village police also a baseball writer. political career, too – exemtapped the Democratic Katz inspired a resurgent Repubinto the county Sheriff’s Falk, a member of the plifies the ups and downs of as her deputy mayor and lican party. Department, eroded support, village Historic Architecpolitics. groomed him as her succesA cadre of young GOP and after the 2011 election tural Review Board, is a As Mayor Carol B. sor. But that, and a conturks – Trustee Booan, Booan found himself and professor at the CooperWaller, a Republican, a BOCES administrator, Monie, retiring April 1, as stown Graduate Program in running for mayor, and the only Republicans on the Museum Studies. Dean, a downtown merchants Willis seven-person board, and the longtime village resident, is Monie and Neil Weiller for Democrats holding sway. a contractor specializing in trustee – reclaimed the local At the 2012 caucuses on construction of staircases in party from Waller and her Jan. 31, a bullish Democrat- high-end projects. husband Bill, the chair, and ic crowd, ready for a vigorjoined Trustee Eric Hage, ous campaign, nominated a hedge-fund operator, to Katz, Dean and Falk at create a solid GOP majority the firehouse. Meanwhile, on the Village Board in the Booan was announcing at 2010 election. the GOP caucus at 22 Main Within the first year, that he would not run again; however, the new majorthe GOP failed to nominate ity jousted with Police anyone to their slate. Chief Diana Nicols, Public Katz, who has served Works Superintendent Brian on the Village Board since Clancy and Village Trea2005, had moved to CooperElections officials Teri Barown, left, and Karen surer Mary Ann Henderson stown with wife Karen and Streck double-check tallies Tuesday, March 20, in a drive to control costs three sons shortly before after the polls closed at the firehouse. In the and rationalize operations at after retiring from a career background is Richie Abbate, the Democratic vil22 Main. as a trader on the Chicago lage chair.

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6th Ward Athletic Club To Celebrate DeFiores’ Great Banquets Joe, Mary’s Former Restaurant Now Civic Organization’s Home met Mary and, well, what happened happened – they fell in love and changed the uch of Joe and grocery store into Joe and Mary DeFiore’s Mary’s.” legacy is almost The D&H railyards, mythological. behind 22 West Broadway, The dates get fuzzy, employed 1,500 men, and and some of the faces blur one of that paths connecttogether. ing the neighborhood to the But the one thing that yards ran right past the bar. remains crystal clear is the “It was very convenient to impact the couple had on the stop in for a beer on the way Sixth Ward community. home.” “Mary’s family, the WolDuring World War II, cheks, were here in the early troop trains stopped in part of the of the century, Oneonta to refuel, and GIs and the building that would would hop off to get a beer become Joe and Mary’s or a sandwich. “Joe and was originally her family’s Mary were very gracious, grocery store. “There was outgoing people. It wasn’t a grocery store about every uncommon to go in there 100 feet,” recalled Al Coon a random occasion and lone, the Sixth Ward Athbe sitting at the bar, and Joe letic Club mainstay. “They would come out with a big platter of finger foods.” But their real specialty was banquets. Weddings, anniversaries, bowling parties, Joe and Mary were always in demand. Their specialties were family-style platters of sliced ham, sliced beef and Polish-style pigs-ina-blanket – meat and rice wrapped up in cabbage with red sauce. Joe went to Stamford and Grand Gorge to buy his cabbage and stored it under the banquet hall floor wrapped in cheesecloth. “The sheer amount of food made them In later years, Joe DeFiore famous,” said Colone. spins Mary around the “Big eaters loved the dance floor. place.” all made a decent living.” The Sith Ward AthJoe DeFiore came to letic Club, which had been Oneonta sometime around meeting unofficially in the 1930s, most likely from banquet room, took ownerdownstate. “He used to talk ship of the bar after Joe and about working for a printer Mary passed away in the in Hunter – the legend states 1970s. “It was our home that he worked his way away from home,” Colone up the Hudson. Then he said. “Whether you were By LIBBY CUDMORE

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coming from a meeting or Photos courtesy Al Colone a sporting event, that was A young Joe DeFiore, above, tends bar at Joe & Mary’s Restaurant, today’s where you went before you Sixth Ward Athletic Club. went home.” He fondly recalled how Joe would stay late into the night with only one or two customers talking at the bar. Those two would grow into three and four, and before Colone or anyone else knew what had happened, it was 2 a.m. and the place was packed. On April 7, the Sixth Ward Athletic Club will honor Joe and Mary with their own banquet. Dick Morey, a friend of Joe and Mary’s, will be in charge of the menu. “We’re going to try and replicate one Jack Burgess of those famous banquets – ham, beef, Foti’s bread, Plumbing & Heating pigs in blanket, beer, wine, Licensed Master Plumber dessert, all family style.” “We want to do this event in memory of them,” Colone said. “These two people were friends of the Sixth Ward.”

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OBITUARIES Ellen Louise Haiston Rockwell, 93, Edited County Office of the Aging Newsletter NEWBURGH – Word has been received that Ellen Louise Haiston Rockwell, 93, died on Thursday, Nov. 10, 2011, in St Luke’s-Cornwall Hospital in Newburgh. Ms. Haiston was born on Sept. 4, 1918, in Tyrone, Pa. She grew up in Pottstown, Pa., where her father, Frank Haiston, was the superintendent of schools and her mother, Elizabeth Kriner, was an elementary school teacher. Her younger sister, Mary Alice Fronheiser, and older brother Frank predeceased her. She received her

bachelor’s in Art Education at Edinboro State teacher’s college where she met and married Richard Waring Rockwell in 1942. During World War II, she volunteered for the Red Cross Ellen until her first Rockwell child, Jane, was born in 1944. When her husband returned from the war, the family moved to Brooklyn, where he continued his education at Pratt

Institute under the GI bill. In 1951 the family moved to New City. She helped found the Collaberg School in Stony Point, where she taught art and kindergarten for many years. She divorced in 1962 and, after her children were grown, she moved to California in 1973 where she was a member of the Synanon Community for 18 years, working as a graphic artist. For 18 years she lived in Edmeston and Cooperstown, and worked for the

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public radio and most of all - visits from her children and good friends. She is survived by her four children, Jane Jaffe of New York City, Nicholas Rockwell of Fort Montgomery, Andrew Rockwell of Ringwood, N.J., and Jessica Rockwell of New Gloucester, Maine, and six grandchildren: Jason Claiborne, Chris Rockwell, Jed Rockwell, Nicole, Alex and Eric Jederlinic, as well as two great-grandchildren, Kimberly Rose and Aiden Rockwell.

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daughter, Autumn Edison, and her family all of whom will always be a part of our lives; her longtime friends, Donna and Loren Weingartner of Wisconsin; and by her longtime childhood friend (with whom she could talk for hours on end) Joni Quinn of Georgia. There will be no calling hours or service. Barb will be interred at Skaket Beach on Cape Cod. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Barb’s memory to the Milford Emergency Squad, P.O. Box 359, Milford, NY 13807 or to Catskill Area Hospice & Palliative Care, Inc., 1 Birchwood Drive, Oneonta, NY 13820. Arrangements are with the Tillapaugh Funeral Home.

ONEONTA -- Benjamin Lewis Eldred, Sr., 76, of Oneonta, passed away Tuesday, March 13, 2012. He was born May 6, 1935 in Oneonta the son of the late Aaron Putnam Eldred and Edna Belle (Raymond) Hammon. He was a Air Force veteran of the Korean War, spending time in Germany, North Africa, Texas and Maine. On July 1, 1978, Ben married Melody Yvonne Eighmey in Oneonta. After retiring from IBM, he was a past commander for the last three years of the Oneonta American Legion Post #259. He is survived by his wife of 33 years, and five children. He was predeceased by his son, Benjamin Eldred, Jr.; brother, Harold Hammon, Jr.; and sister, Edith Eldred Crandall. Funeral services were be held on Tuesday, March 20, 2012 in the United Presbyterian Church in Walton. Burial followed with military honors in the Oneonta Plains Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations can be sent to the Oneonta Veteran’s Club c/o Emerson Horth, 297 Chestnut Street, Oneonta, NY. Funeral arrangements are entrusted to the Bookhout Funeral Home of Oneonta.

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Mini FarM on 14+ acres

(7551) Rewarding 3-bedroom country Vintage Eye Brow Colonial with a valley-view outlook. Offering Horse Barn w/ 4 box stalls, riding rink, hi-tensile fence, 1850â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Home features back porch and beamed ceilings. Hardwood flooring, formal dining room. A fix-up! CV-S Schools. Hubbellâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Exclusive. $134,000

cooperstown villaGe cape (7497) Begin and end your search with this well-kept 4-bedroom residence near Hospital, Sports Center, and schools. One-owner home featuring 1 3/4 baths, formal dining room and built-in bookcases. Cheery brick fireplace. Eat-in Kitchen, Playroom, oak flooring, newer furnace. Garage, useful workshop, partially finished basement. Enclosed porch. Here is a home that is tops for value! Hubbellâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Exclusive. $299,000

Cooperstown Otsego Lake Lot

Greek revival on 22+ acres

(7499) Secluded 5BR/2BA Susquehanna riverside Greek Revival on a country dead-end road plus rolling hills view. Historic 1830â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s home replete with large rooms and formal dining room. 2 fireplaces. Center entry, back staircase, bookcased library. Sunporch, beamed ceiling, many built-ins. Oak and pine flooring, large eat-in country kitchen. Two-car garage, large front porch, out building. 1 1/2 miles south of Cooperstown. Cooperstown Schools. Hubbellâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Exclusive. $295,000

(7185) Lake View vistas! Last of the lake lots in the Village. 100â&#x20AC;&#x2122; of lake privileges directly in front. Beautiful beach and dock area. Village water & sewer hook-ups. Good road access. Once in a lifetime opportunity to build the house of your dreams. Hubbellâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Exclusive $225,000 1 Acre

(6989) Pierstown area just minutes from Cooperstown. Nice building lot good area. Possible owner finance. Good access on main road. Country views. Cooperstown Schools. Hubbellâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Exclusive $49,000

1802 Federal Brick estate

(7447) Historic Center Hall Federal brick residence only 6 miles from Cooperstown. Nestled on 16 acres with spectacular valley views. Extensive gardens and small spring fed pond surround this 3-4BR home. Original smokehouse and carriage barn. Spacious Living room w/ Fireplace and Dining room with built-ins, updated country kitchen, newer furnace, Newer roof. A total of 3 fireplaces, Library nook, wine cellar, and original millwork complete this unique country estate. Hubbellâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Exclusive. $499,000

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