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Cooperstown, New York, Thursday, March 8, 2012

COOPERSTOWN AND AROUND

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DOUBLEDAY FIELD MATCHUP DUE

Wounded Warriors To Play Locally This Memorial Day

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Grace Kull, the former village trustee, makes her choice at the Empty Bowls luncheon Saturday, March 3, at the Cooperstown Vets’ Club to benefit the Food Bank. Grace confessed she’ll be 90 on March 20, although she’s spryer than most people 20 years younger. (More photos, A2)

125 Registered In Advance For Seward Summit COOPERSTOWN

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t press time, 125 people had already registered for state Sen. Jim Seward’s Economic Development Summit, and registration will continue at 7:30 a.m. Thursday, March 8, at The Otesaga. The program begins at 7:45. To register in advance, call 432-8871 or e-mail lewisc@ otsegocounty.com. For the first reports on the outcome, check www.allotsego.com that morning.

Cold Nights, Warm Syrup

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herry Valley’s Mark Cornwell pops one of those delicious pancakes from The Farmers’ Museum “Sugaring Off Sunday” into son Marcus’ mouth. “Sugaring Offs” continue Sundays throughout the month. With them is mom/wife Christine. Below, CGP student Laura Laubenthal tends a sap ketter; volunteer Molly Karaman, Sherburne, serves up the sweet breakfasts.

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ooperstown police and firefighters may want to take advantage of the warming weather and get out the bats and gloves, because they’ll be taking on the nearly undefeated Wounded Warrior Amputee Softball Team on Memorial Day weekend – at 1 p.m. Sunday, May 27, at Doubleday Field. “They beat the FBI team at Quantico,” said co-chair Ed Greene, the Binghamtonbased promoter who was in the village in recent days. “The weekend before the Super Bowl, they took on the NFL All-Stars in a flag football game and beat them by 21 points.” Please See GAME, A9

No Contest, But Candidates Will Address Public

BUDGET DIPS: CCS Supt. of Schools C.J. Hebert planned to present a 2012-13 proposed budget at 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 7, that drops about $200,000, from $16.9 million to $16.7 million. “Budgeting For Our Future: A Community Forum,” is planned at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 14, in the middle/high school cafeteria. WINNING SPELLER: Cooperstown’s Kristin Ratliff, 14, won the 10th annual Regional Spelling Bee Saturday, March 3, at SUNY Oneonta’s Goodrich Theater. (Details, A2)

Firefighters, Police To Play Team Of Vets

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Candidates Night for incoming village board members is planned 7-9 p.m. Thursday, March 15, in the 22 Main meeting room, sponsored by the League of Women Voters and The Freeman’s Journal. “Although the seats are not contested, the League of Women Voters believes that providing a forum for citizens to meet and engage in dialogue around village 3 championship the Redskins won, issues is important,” said the 72-58, against Beaver River SaturLeague’s Maureen Murray, day, March 3, at the Carrier Dome in who is moderating. Syracuse. The Democratic slate Even when the New York State – Jeff Katz for mayor, and Public High School Athletic Associa- James Dean and Cindy Falk tion became aware of situations like for the two trustee vacancies Cooperstown’s – two players facing – is assured election in the Please See ATHLETES, A9 March 20 balloting.

CCS Athlete In Hazing Case Shines At Sectionals By JIM KEVLIN COOPERSTOWN

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s two players facing hazingrelated charges in Hartwick Town Court move into the state tournament with the CCS varsity

basketball team, the NYSPHSAA executive director says that governing body of high school athletics has no provisions to intervene in such a situation. “School districts are not required to report violations of their codes of conduct,” said Nina Van Erk, whose organization sanctions the Section

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LOCALS KRISTEN RATLIFF SPELLS “GUILLOTINE,” WINS SPOT IN NATIONAL BEE IN D.C.

WRESTLERS HONOR WEIR FOR 30 YEARS OF SERVICE

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Wayne Weir, who is retiring as CCS modified wrestling coach after 30 years, received a plaque honoring his service from members of his team during the annual wrestling banquet Tuesday, March 6, at the school. From left are junior Kevin Segit (195 pounds), senior William Murphy (182 pounds), Weir, junior Michael Boyle (113 pounds) and varsity coach Macaiah Abts. Weir retired from teaching last year but continues to substitute. The high point of his wrestling career came when his CCS team won the Center State Conference title in 1986. His goal: “To build the program and develop young men.”

Ghaleb, Sutaris Join SUNY Delhi College Council

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Cooperstown Central School’s Kristen Ratliff, 14, won the 10th annual Otsego-Delaware regional Spelling Bee Saturday, March 3, in competition at SUNY Oneonta’s Goodrich Theater, spelling “guillotine” in the 18th round. With her are parents Christopher and Janet, brother Steve and sister Julie. Kristen will travel to Washington D.C., May 27-June 1 to compete in the Scripps National Spelling Bee.

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hilmil Ghaleb of Cooperstown and Joseph E. Sutaris of Oneonta have been appointed to the SUNY Delhi College Council by Governor Cuomo. Jill Ghaleb has been an attorney for over 20 years and a solo practitioner with an office in Richfield Springs since 1994. Su-

taris is Community Bank’s senior vice president and regional banking executive in Oneonta. Ghaleb holds an accounting degree from Utica College and a juris doctor from New York Law School. She practiced in Utica before moving to Otsego County. She was appointed Otsego

County judge by Governor Patterson in 2008. Sutaris joined Community Bank in April 2011 when is acquired Wilber National Bank, where he had worked

for 16 years. He holds a master of business administration and a bachelor’s in economics from Rutgers.

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A City of the Hills’ Sweet Adeline quartet – Kate Brooker-Milano, Dorcas Ross, Karen Adolphsen and Jan McGrath – performed Tuesday, March 6, for the Cooperstown Rotary Club at The Otesaga. Crowdwinning numbers included “I Don’t Know Why (I Love You Like I Do)” and “God Bless America.” At left is Rotarian Angie Erway, local manager, SEFCU. Bill Glockler, the club’s past president, arranged for the Oneonta-based singers to perform for his colleagues. Richard Daley, the Springfield town justice, was recently inducted as the club’s newest member.

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Writers & Writing Programs Conference in Chicago. There, among the 9,000 writers and aspiring writers, Lauren ran into Libby Cudmore, Freeman’s Journal reporter. Groff, who lives in Florida, will be back in her native Cooperstown later this month to launch “Arcadia” in her hometown.

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Perspectives

THURSDAY, MARCH 8, 2012

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EDITORIAL

Welcome To The Land Of The Mute, Home Of The Inoffensive

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riends, we hate to break the news to you, but this is still the United States of America, not the People’s Republic of Cooperstown or the County of Soviet Socialist Towns. Notwithstanding Rush Limbaugh, we’re still allowed to have opinions, however wrong-headed, and express them freely. We’re restating this in the context of the Well-Regulated Militias of Thought Police that seem to be ranging freely among us in recent months. • Example One, proposed sign law revisions in the Village of Cooperstown. Since some folks objected to “Save Anthony” signs on privately owned lawns, the village Planning Board has been twisting itself into a pretzel looking for a regulatory way to tell people whose messages other people don’t like to shut up. Charlie Hill, the very methodical Planning Board chair, said his board thinks it has a formula: When an issue surfaces – be it a political campaign or antifracking – the candidate or advocate has the right to put a sign on his/her lawn. When the campaign is over or the issue is resolved, then he/she must remove it. But who decides when? When is a campaign over? If a losing or winning candidate wants to leave a political sign up to raise his/her name recognition for the next campaign, who are Cooperstown’s Central Planners to tell him/her not to? Who’s to decide when

Bill Mirabito, Chip Northrup and the friends of Anthony Pacherille should be praised for participating in the public debate, not stifled.

the fracking issue is over? Particularly egregious is the “Save Anthony” matter: People who don’t want to “Save Anthony” – the Pacherille boy has been consigned to New York State’s equivalent of the Gulag for the next decade – simply want the boy’s family and friends to stop talking about it. Anthony will need “saving” until he is back in the bosom of his family, and probably well beyond. These signs aren’t like crying “fire” in a crowded theater: This is exactly a situation the Founding Father intended the First Amendment to the Bill of Rights – “Congress shall make no law ... abridging the freedom of speech” – to cover. The village Planning Board should drop any effort to prevent people from expressing themselves – that simply is not government’s business. • Example Two, attempts to muzzle Bill Mirabito. The Oneonta Town Board member is a significant stockholder in Mirabito Energy Products, which

– for decades, without controversy or challenge – has been providing propane gas to homes and businesses in Otsego County and the Southern Tier. The veteran town councilman favors a five-month moratorium on fracking in the town instead of a 12-month one, and this has caused the town’s Concerned Citizens group to call for him to recuse himself, meaning he would not participate in debate or vote on fracking-associated issues. Look, Bill Mirabito and anyone else who has come to the conclusion that fracking is more beneficial than not to the county may be wrong, but being wrong shouldn’t exclude him or anyone else from the public square. That would be like saying that the new Town Board member, David Jones, who ran on an anti-fracking ticket, shouldn’t be allowed to debate or vote on fracking-related issues because his property values would be protected if his neighbors can’t frack in fields around his house. Conflict-of-interest poli-

cies are intended to prevent officials from participating in debate or a vote on a specific issue – concretely, not if this, then that – if they will directly benefit financially from the outcome. At some point, fracking in, specifically, the Town of Oneonta – if it ever happens – may benefit Mirabito Energy (particularly if a pipeline is built through the town, and the company is an investor in it) and, thus, may eventually benefit Bill Mirabito. But that’s if, when and not for now. If the Citizens don’t want Bill Mirabito on the Town Board, get organized and vote him out. Meanwhile, let him do the job he was elected to do. • Example Three, “fractivist” censoring of Chip Northrup. After a state Supreme Court judge issued a ruling affirming the Town of Middlefield’s ban on fracking, James “Chip” Northrup, a Dallas oilman (with a summer place at the mouth of the Susquehanna) who has been recruited to the anti-fracking cause, put a tart posting about Jennifer Huntington, who had sued to overturn the ban, on Sustainable Otsego’s listserve. It’s reprinted, upper right, just to give you an idea of what people consider objectionable these days. Chip Northrup has a reputation as sharp of tongue and pen – so did Thomas Paine and Sam Adams, who infuriated our British then-commissars of 1776. Short of libel, he’s entitled

Too Strong For Sustainable Otsego Editor’s Note: This is the text of the posting that got James “Chip” Northrup kicked off the Sustainable Otsego listserv.

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ennifer “Anschutz” Huntington will decide soon on whether to appeal her lawsuit against Middlefield, as soon as she hears from Born Again Billionaire Phil Anschutz. (“Anschutz” is German for “frack off”). Reclusive Frackmeister Anschutz, who bankrolled the Dryden lawsuit, “recycled” that suit against Middlefield. His lawyer, Frackin’ Tom West, just happens to also represent Ms. Huntington ... for “free.” (“Huntington” is a contraction of “hunting town”; the town being hunted = Middlefield) If Anschutz-Huntington does not appeal, it will be the “kiss of death” for their lawyer Tom West. Or at least the end of the gravy train ... (West refers to his client Anschutz by his code-name: “Gravy Boat” ) A decision is expected shortly from Anschutz headquarters in Denver. Denver – where drillers are at the mercy of the city’s zoning laws. And other sorts of local laws. Imagine that. to be so; (Paine and Adams weren’t so entitled, and thus the American Revolution). Norwich’s Peter Hudiburg, who wrote one of many responses on the listserv, had it just right: “How does one or why would anyone want to censor such a creative and funny as well as extremely knowledgeable and tireless activist advocate as Chip has been?” Short of libel, listserv participants – Jennifer Huntington is not excluded: Anyone can join at www.sustainableotsego.org – should be free to have their say. • In a society where the CCS school board feels it is prohibited from sharing matters of compelling pub-

lic concern with the public that elects board members, it’s important to remind ourselves of the basic (and threatened) values of our republic. In an era when air (to fill your tires) can cost a quarter, let’s ensure we keep free speech free. If you disagree with any of this, write a Letter to the Editor (to info@allotsego. com) and say so: It’s your right – until we hear otherwise. A final word on Rush: He proves the point. Freedom (of speech) isn’t free. He’s paid a price for his muchpublicized unrestrained remarks. But he’s allowed to pay that price, and we Americans should take some satisfaction from that.

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Main Street Vital To Village’s Future idly changing world and we need to be a more proactive and involved community on many fronts. We do not live in a vacuum. Environmental issues will drive all future decisions as we move from a country of waste and poor health to a country of sustainable living and good health. Clean water is the number one concern of everyone’s future. Economic issues will drive the future as we need •F

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To the Editor: As my one-year position as trustee comes to a close, I very much appreciate the nomination of the Cooperstown Democratic Party and the opportunity to run again for village trustee. I have enjoyed this experience and I hope that I have earned sufficient confidence of village residents to ask for your votes to continue for three more years. We are going into a rap-

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to do more with less of everything. Agricultural issues will drive the abundance of healthy food or lack of it. Technology will determine if we can live in the past and the future at the same time. Cooperation will determine if we can accomplish the many lofty goals that we have set out for ourselves and the preservation of what we already have to enjoy. As a trustee, I have always tried to make the choices that were in the best interest of the village first. As chairman of the Environmental Conservation Committee, which has many interested members, I am open to discuss all new and innovative ideas to Please See LETTER, A8

Voting Is The Duty Of Every American To the Editor: The most often heard excuse for not voting in an election is “my one little vote won’t make a difference.” Yet history is full of instances proving the enormous power of one single vote. In many cases, the course of nations has been changed because one individual ballot was cast — or not cast – depending upon your point of view. In 2010, 37 percent of 218,054,301 eligible voters turned out for Election Day. What does all that mean? It means 15 percent of 310 million citizens elected some portion of 536 people. The solution is very simple. We must start to acknowledge the correlation between widespread lack

of participation and the rise of dysfunctional partisan government that is often not working for the people. Start by getting informed, follow our link www. manyvoicesonevillage.com and learn about your local elected officials. The League of Women Voters, in association with The Freeman’s Journal, will be sponsoring a question and answer forum with all the candidates 7-9 p.m. Thursday, March 15, in village office. Please come out and hear the candidates’ views and positions. Please voice your opinions to me on our party’s choices, and who you would like to see on the ballot in our next election. Additionally, look up your governor, congressman and

state representatives; find out who may be running against them in the next election. Get organized, and join campaigns where people going door to door can defeat the big money candidates who waste hundreds of thousands of dollars on negative campaigns. Start by getting involved in your local elections, come out and vote on March 20, and support our candidates for the village election. I believe the village residents owe it not only to themselves, but also to the men and woman who died protecting our right to vote. Please call or e-mail me to get involved. RICHARD D. ABBATE Village Democratic Chairman, 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

For Sale, A Stout Healthy Negro Wench, thirty years of age. She understands all kinds of house work and is an excellent cook, sold only for want of employment. For terms, apply to the Editor, or to the subscriber. James Dietz, Milford, February 29, 1812. March 7, 1812

100 YEARS AGO

175 YEARS AGO

Newspaper readers – How endless is the variety of newspaper readers and how hard it is to satisfy their wants. Mr. A. believes he shall discontinue his paper, because it contains no political news. Mr. B. is decidedly of opinion that the same sheet dabbles too freely in the political movements of the day. C. doesn’t take it because it is all on one side. D., whose opinions it generally expresses, does not like it because it is not severe enough upon the opposition. E. thinks it does not pay due attention to fashionable literature. F. will not suffer a paper to be upon on his table which ventures an opinion against slavery and G. never patronizes one that lacks moral courage to expose the evils of the day. And, H. declares he does not want a paper filled with the hodgepodge proceedings and doings of congress and the legislature. March 13, 1837

150 YEARS AGO

No foreign Elephants! The King of Siam, in his letter accompanying valuable presents, says “elephants are regarded as the most remarkable of the large quadrupeds by the Americans, so that if anyone has an elephant’s tusk of large size, and will deposit it in any public place, the people come by thousands, crowding to see it, saying it is a wonderful thing.” For this, and other things, he offers to send elephants to be let loose, to increase and multiply in the Continent of America. The President, in his reply, remarks: “This government would

ing any indication of having reached their destination, took an observation, and found that they had been traveling in a circle, one load being between three and five mile points, and the other just opposite Wood’s stone quarry! They reached home after an absence of two or three hours. It has since been learned that one party was actually within five minutes drive of the Hall! A man who lives a few miles up the lake, and who attempted to go home at the same time, also lost his way. March 12, 1887

He was the son of William and Angeline Gruby. His father was a German immigrant and his mother was of Schoharie Dutch and Mohawk Indian ancestry. Mr. Gruby married Miss Anna Josephine Crossway in 1889. Mrs. Gruby died in 1918. They had 17 children, 13 of whom are living, including nine sons and four daughters. Mr. Gruby was a member of Christ Episcopal Church and a prominent member of the Cooperstown Fire Department for nearly 75 years. March 7, 1962

Stanley Nagorick, aged 23 years, employed as a bus boy at the Knox School narrowly escaped drowning in Otsego Lake Friday morning. Nagorick decided to drive his car on the ice to the fishing shanty of a friend. A short distance from shore south of the country club the ice sheet cracked and a big hole opened under him. The car sank into the frigid depths, until it was wholly submerged with the exception of a portion of the rear. The windows and doors were closed. Having discovered that escape from the front was impossible, Nagorick jumped into the rear seat and broke out a window with his hands and escaped through the opening. He was taken to Mary Imogene Bassett Hospital at once where his cuts were treated and he was able to return to work in the Knox dining room by noon. March 10, 1937

Where Nature Smiles – We would like to thank the League of Women Voters of the Cooperstown Area for sponsoring the recent Candidates’ Night during which three of the individuals who ran for the Village Board shared their perceptions of the problems facing Cooperstown. We are fortunate indeed that Cooperstown has such dedicated citizens willing to serve on the Village Board, even though board members are often held up to scorn and ridicule when performing a basically thankless job. Thus, we thank Charles Dimick, Tom Heitz, Dutchy Lewis and Jim Woolson for having run and extend our congratulations to the winners, Dutchy Lewis and Jim Woolson. March 11, 1987

75 YEARS AGO

March 6, 1912 not hesitate to avail itself of so generous an offer if the object were one which could be made practicably useful in the present condition of the United States. Our political condition, however, does not favor the multiplication of the elephant, and steam on land, as well as on water, has been our best and most efficient agent of transportation in internal commerce.” March 7, 1862

125 YEARS AGO

On Saturday last two sleigh loads of Cooperstowners started a few miles apart for Hyde Hall about the time in the evening when it commenced to snow, and after “going it blind” for some time without see-

50 YEARS AGO

The body of William Gruby, one of Cooperstown’s oldest residents, was found late Monday afternoon in his home on South Avenue where he had been living alone in recent months. Mr. Gruby was generally believed to have been 101 years old but census records indicate he was 91. Death was due to natural causes. Mr. Gruby was born November 22, 1870 in a house which stood near the Delaware & Hudson Railroad freight house on Railroad Avenue.

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A solid season at forward landed Rachel Bliss a spot on the Center State Conference first team. Bliss was the leading scorer on the varsity girls’ basketball squad, averaging 12.3 points per contest. Her 7.7 per game rebounding average was the second highest for the Lady Redskins. In addition to Bliss, three other Lady Redskins – Liz May, Anne Kennedy and Rebekah Saxer – earned honorable mention for their play this season. “They each contributed key performances,” Lady Redskins’ coach Frank Miosek said. March 8, 2001

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Oneonta. On May 31, 1980, she married George W. Weiss at St. Joseph Catholic Church. They made Mary Louise their home Kohler Weiss in Richfield Springs, where she resided for more than 32 years. In addition to teaching, she home-schooled all four of her children. She taught Sunday school and was on the board at Christian Assembly of Schuyler.

‘Arlene’ Murphy, 86; Ran Shoe Repair Store ONEONTA – Mabel “Arlene� Murphy, 86, who operated Murphy’s Shoe Repair with her late husband, Arthur, passed away on Friday, March 2, 2012. She was born on Nov. 1, 1925, in Sidney Center, the daughter of the late Roscoe C. and Eva P. Wilber. On Nov. 2, 1947, she married Arthur Joseph Murphy Sr. The two were married for 39 years. He predeceased her in 1987. She was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church, and was an active member of its Rosary Society and the Italian American Club. She is survived by her children, Arthur Joseph Murphy Jr. and his wife, Deborah, of Oneonta, and Doloris A. Kusmierz and her husband, Peter, of Morris;

six grandchildren, Marci Logan, Carrie Lynn Murphy, Joseph Murphy, Jared Logan, Matthew Mrs. Murphy Murphy, Rosemarie Kusmierz; four great-grandchildren, Daden R. Logan, Devin Jean Grace, Shane Magner and Kayden Grace; two brothers, Earl (Alice) Wilber and Halsey (Donna) Wilber of Unadilla; and several nieces, nephews and cousins. She was also predeceased by seven brothers and a sister. Lester R. Grummons Funeral Home was entrusted with the arrangements.

In her leisure time, she made hand drawn cards and pictures with Bible verses and enjoyed working in her flower gardens. Surviving besides her husband include her daughter, Elyse Kane and her husband, Matthew, of Ilion; three sons, Charles G., Robert J., and Michael D. and his wife, Meaghan, all of Richfield Springs; along with her grandchildren, Katelyn and Abigail Kane and Isabelle Weiss. Also, a brother and three sisters; her mother-in-law, Bernice Folts Weiss of Richfield Springs,

and other inlaws. In addition to her parents; she was preceded in death by her brother, Rick Kohler; and her father-in-law, Peter F. Weiss Jr. Funeral services will be at noon Thursday, March 8, at the Enea Family Funeral Home, 4309 Acme Road, between Ilion and Frankfort, with Pastor Bob Burge of Christian Assembly of Schuyler officiating. Calling hours are 4-8 Wednesday and 10 a.m.noon before the funeral. Interment is in the spring in Lakeview Cemetery,

ONEONTA – Willis 1989. He built “Bill� Calvin Dailey Jr., 88, U-Totem, one owner of one of Oneonta’s of the first first laundromat, passed laundromats, away on Friday, March 2, on Chestnut 2012, at Otsego Manor. Street. He was born Feb. 10, He married 1924, in Oneonta, son of Barbara Ann Willis Catlin Dailey and Bill Dailey Cummings on Helen Coleman Dailey. July 24, 1949, Mr. Dailey graduated at the First United Methodist from Binghamton Central Church. High School in 1942, and He was a member of the went to work for IBM. In Elks, the Masons and Ki1943, he was drafted in to wanis. Also, the Hartwick the Navy, serving aboard College Citizens Board and the destroyer escort USS the Oneonta Concert AssociHopping during World War ation, supported many nonII, as a radar man first class, profits and held subscripachieving the rank of petty tions to SPAC, Proctor’s in officer. He received the Vic- Schenectady and the Stanley tory Medal upon discharge Center for the Arts in Utica. Local survivors include her husband, in 1946. He then went to work his daughter, Kathryn Jean Raymond, of Dailey Sason and her husWayne, N.J., with his father, opening the James Wong Oneonta Family Cleaners at band, Raphael Rousseau Sason, of Oneonta, and sister and his wife, 22 Main St., which he operated until his retirement in Shirley Baker of Oneonta. Patricia, of Honolulu, Robert Wong of Oneonta, UP YOUR COPY O K Dr. Wong John Wong F PIC and his wife, Renee, of South Glens Falls, and Lisa Wong and her husband, Jeff Gershman, of Wooster, Ohio; his stepdaughter, Mimi Fitzgerald of Southhampton, N.J., and grandchildren Kayla Wong, A.O. Fox Hospital Ares Jordan and Jordan Brooks House of BBQ Tyler Wong, Lauren and Christopher’s Restaurant and Country Lodge Elizabeth Liang, Sara, Cory, Capresso Coffee Bar Jordan and Thomas Wong.

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Thanks For the Memories, More To Come In 2012-13 To the Editor: Cooperstown Concert Series ended its 42nd season on Saturday night, March 3, as Eilen Jewell and her band wowed the 300 people packed into the sold out Otesaga ballroom. On behalf of our Board of Directors, we wish to thank all of our patrons, sponsors, subscribers and all others who attended our concerts this season. We simply could not bring the talented artists we’ve had this past year without your generous help and support. As an all-volunteer organization, the Concert Series’ mission is to provide great entertainment to our community in the fall and winter months, when we all need it the most. For us, it’s always nice to see so many familiar and friendly faces in attendance

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to help pay for this approximately half-million-dollar project (local area residents will be able to apply for special passes for two hour parking). We fully intend to move cautiously forward with this project to keep costs and timing under control. Roads and sidewalks are upgraded yearly as funds permit. The library building at 22 Main Street is one of our finest village structures and centers of village life. This building is again calling upon us for some much needed attention. This will be high on our agenda in the near term. Friends of 22 Main are also waiting to play a part in this effort with

our cooperation. I would like to run again, without hesitation, in large part because of my fellow trustees who have contributed so much to my positive experience. I also fully support Jeff Katz as mayor. I have worked with Jeff for this past year and I have found him to be an extremely intelligent, knowledgeable, hard working and fair person with the best interests of the Village as his number one concern. He is a calm and measured thinker who navigates the complexities of issues towards the most appropriate solution. I would also look forward to working with Cindy Falk. Cindy is a very bright, orga-

nized, well educated young woman who has already devoted six years to serving the village on various boards. She is already an invaluable resource for our village, and fortunately is willing to continue to serve. I hope that Village residents will come out in force this March 20 to support Jeff Katz for mayor and Cindy Falk and me for trustees. We all realize that all possible slates have not been filled but a strong showing would give all of us a great start going forward. Thank you for your consideration. JAMES DEAN Cooperstown

Timeless Café First Of Kind In Otsego County To the Editor: The Plains at Parish Homestead makes its mark as a resource for families that are effected by Alzheimer’s Disease with the opening of the area’s first “Alzheimer’s Café.” To quote Trudy Claudy, executive director: “Often caregivers feel uncomfortable bringing people with Alzheimer’s to public events. These cafés are

designed to give both the caregivers and person with Alzheimer’s an enjoyable time with people who understand their situation.” Timeless: The Plains at Parish Homestead Alzheimer’s Café opens 4-6 p.m. Wednesday, March 14, at The Plains, located off Exit 13 of I-88. It is a monthly café style open-house with refreshments and socializing followed by a program or

performance. This month will feature a traditional Irish sing-along with Carol Mandigo and friends. Alzheimer’s Cafés were started by a Dutch psychiatrist in 1997 to offer a non-judgmental environment for people dealing with the disease. In the past couple years, the cafés have been sprouting up throughout the United States and have proven to be incredibly

useful “oasis” for families, organizers say. The café, is scheduled 4-6 p.m. on the third Wednesday of each month. For more information, call 607-2674013 or visit www.plainsatparish.com. BARBARA ANN HEEGAN Marketing Director Plains At Parish Homestead Oneonta

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Village Victorian Renovated 1840’ s GReek Revival Brand new to the market, this

located justoffers threejust miles delightful home over 2,000 square of livingofspace fromfeet the village and is in a walk-to-everything Cooperstown the hamlet location. Lovinglyinrestored, this of Toddsville. property offers aBeginning main floorin consisting of acharming pretty entryhall 2005 this home with open staircase and stained has been lovingly restored glass window, parlor with maintaining its historical French doors, a formal dining room with pass through essence.The first floororiginal has a cupboards to the nicely front foyer that leads into renovated kitchen, plus a the parlor withand a bay library/den halfwindow. bath. Chestnut woodwork, The living room boasts an hardwood floors and true original mantelthroughout. with faux Victorian features fireplace, original Upstairs are three nicelywide sized bedrooms, nook pine floorsa hallway and moldings. area as well as a full bath. The A mudroom/office walk-up attic is ready to space convert to the attached car to more living space. All systems have been replaced. The basement houses the leads heating system, etc. astwo well as the laundry area withThe standing areisnew including the 5-burner cook garage with workshop. dining sink. room,Alloffappliances the kitchen, carpeted. Upstairs are threepropane bedrooms andstove. a newThe full wrap around front porch is charming and there are two sweet porches tucked in at either side of the kitchen. bath.carriage New thermal windows withbut halfalso screens and new rain electric gutters.and Maple, fir from and pine floors throughout. The house offers parking has underground water the house offering the New large sun filled deckThis overlooking the very pretty tree condition lined backyard with andtoperennials. possibility of studio space. very nice home is in move-in and we areannuals delighted be offering it offered Co-exclusively Ashley Connor realty Offered Exclusively by Ashley-Connor Realty$249,999.00 $287,000. Visit us on the Web at www.ashleyconnorrealty.com • Contact us at info@ashleyconnorrealty.com

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Charming 1870’s Victorian farm house with five bedrooms, living room, dining room, study, kitchen/family room and 2 full baths. Many exceptional details including chestnut and walnut trim and floors, faux grain painted trim, high ceilings, front and side porches, attached wood shed. No “Remuddeling” - this house is in pretty much original condition. Recent upgrades include: New roof in 2002, foundation replacement under wood shed, all new insulated windows. New well pump in 2004. Large dairy barn with unique stone foundation, former equiptment shed is now a two-car garage. Incredible valley views with mature trees including a large healthy American Elm, Maple, Locust, Fir and various fruit and Lilac trees. 22 acres are mostly open and surrounded on two sides by the forever wild Petersen Wildlife Preserve. Current owner has retained 50 acres across the road. Wonderful opportunity for a hobby farm, weekend retreat or family home. Value priced at $199,000. Listing # C-0196

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GAME/From A1 His event co-chair Carol Clinton said simply, “They’re competitive.” The team is made up of 17 soldiers and Marines who underwent amputations for injuries sustained in the Afghanistan and Iraq wars. The goal of the WWAST was to prove soldiers could “rise above any challenge” through extensive rehabilitation and athletic training. Though they’ve won 20 of the 35 games they’ve played, coach David Van Sleet insists that it’s not about winning. “These guys have already won,” he said. Van Sleet formed the team a year ago after two years in the Army, college and 30 years with the Department of Veteran’s Affairs, specializing in prosthetics. “I put all three of my passions together,” he said. The team has received national coverage, including stories on ESPN and in Sports Illustrated. Louisville Slugger donated $35,000 worth of equipment, and Sterling Athletics prints the team’s logo onto their softballs. Singer Jimmy Buffett is a fan, and the team was invited onstage to join Buffett in making the world’s largest Margarita, as listed in the Guinness Book of World Records, last year in Las Vegas. “When you see someone like Josh Wege, who lost both his legs below the knee at 19, get up and get out there, it’s such an inspiration,” said Clinton. Despite these injuries, some

cuse tried to get them too, but we got them first.” The team will play two Upstate games, one in Binghamton on Saturday, May 26, against the Broome County law officers and the Cooperstown one the following day, complete with a military fly-over and a V.I.P .tour of the Baseball Hall of Fame. Tickets will be $6, with all proceeds going to the Wounded Warrior Project. “This is their only appearance in upstate New York,” said Greene. “It took some serious arm twisting.” Trustee Jeff Katz, chair of Village Board’s Doubleday Field Committee, is looking forward to welcoming the team. “Since the moment they contacted us, we’ve been thrilled to participate,” he said. “We’ll do whatever we can to make it work. We want to make this a big deal.” Greene is hoping to involve the community further by seeking volunteers to man concessions, souvenir tables and for businesses to serve as ticket outlets. “It will bring true public awareness to the dedication and sacrifice these guys showed for their country.” “I wanted to share this team with this area,” Clinton said. Cooperstown is an old town with that apple pie image, and that’s what these guys have. They have a lot of pride, and Cooperstown has that. You get a warm feeling when you come to this town – it’s the American Pie of New York.”

Wounded Warrior Softball Team To Play At Doubleday Field

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These are among the members of the Wounded Warrior Project softball team that will be competing at Doubleday Field on Memorial Day Weekend.

of the team members are still on active duty. “It’s a revelation in determination,” Greene said. The team members were selected from over 480 applicants and fitted with $2 million in prosthet-

ics. “A lot of these guys played ball in high school and college,” said Clinton. “We wanted to help them get back that kind of normal life.” Clinton got involved when she

saw a video of the team playing and contacted their coach, Dave Van Sleet. “They were playing in Oklahoma City, but I wasn’t headed out that way ... so I asked Dave to let them come here. Syra-

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ATHLETES/From A1 charges in the football case continue to play on the varsity basketball team – there is nothing in its policy to address it, she said. To date, said Van Erk, the NYSPHSAA, has limited its role to providing “educational opportunities to assist school districts is combating hazing.” Foremost has been the development of a webinar – the one CCS coaches were required to watch when allegations of hazing against the football team surfaced in November. A live webinar was held three times last August, and twice in November. It may also be viewed at http:// www.nysphsaa.org/; click on the “safety & research” button on the lower left of the page. As it happens, one of the two athletes facing charges, Jeff Flynn, was high scorer on the team in the game against Beaver River, now goes on with Derek Liner, who has seen less playing time, to the first round of state tournament play against Section 4 champ Elmira Notre Dame Saturday, March 10, in Glens Falls. Supt. of Schools C.J. Hebert and school board President Tony Scalici said they’ve had no second thoughts about allowing the boys, who have an April 11 court date on the harassment charges, to continue playing varsity sports or to represent CCS. Hebert replied to the question, “I sent you my response, so print that again, please. That is the same response I have sent to you numerous times, so print that again.” He was apparently referring to a school board statement released last month saying that the district would take no further

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Jeff Flynn had a 22point game at the Carrier Dome.

disciplinary action against the boys, whatever happens. Said Scalici of one of the boys, “He was disciplined by the school. He served out the consequence of that, and he’s playing basketball.” In the weeks ahead, he continued, policy changes will be surfacing at school board meetings that respond to the hazing situation, including changes in the coaches’ handbook and adjustment to the sports program generally, some in response to a state Education Department initiative rather than the local situation. The Anti-Defamation League’s anti-bullying program, “World of Difference,” will also be rolled out by the district’s Character Development Committee appointed in December. The committee is expected to hear a presentation on the program when it meets the week of March 19.


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Dave LaDuke Broker 435-2405; Mike Winslow Broker 435-0183; Tony Gambino 516-384-0095; Rob Lee 434-5177; Mike Swatling 435-6454; Joe Valette 437-5745; Laura Coleman 437-4881

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The Phoenix inn

ExclusivEly offErEd at thE NEw PricE $475,000

Located within minutes of the village of Cooperstown, this historic building is situated on twelve acres that offers the possibility for future growth and parcel offers the possibility for future growth and development. The current owners purchased the Inn several years ago and have operated a successful Bed and Breakfast business since 2003. A total redecoration of all rooms was undertaken with an eye to historical color and period furnishing. The result is a warm and inviting atmosphere for the owners and their guests. The Inn offers three guest rooms with private baths and air-conditioning as well as a first floor two room suite for families. A full breakfast is served in the charming “Tavern room� where the original bar is still in place. There is wireless Internet access available for guest use and a guest computer is also available. The gathering room provides a friendly atmosphere for relaxing after a day of activity and the wood-stove provides welcome warmth on a cool day. The large parking area makes access a very simple process. The Owners’ Quarters, on the second and third floors are private, with an outside staircase entry as well as a second story private porch. There are two bedrooms, an open living /dining kitchen area, and a private bath. The Main bedroom, on the third floor, has a vaulted ceiling and is extremely private. The Phoenix Inn presents the rare opportunity to have a combination home and bed and breakfast while not sacrificing privacy for yourself or for your guests. This is the perfect opportunity to have your home work for you!

37 Chestnut St, Cooperstown •547-5622• www.donolinrealty.com

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