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New Majority Possible On CCS School Board Chamber President Marietta, B&B Owner Hren Join Race Steve Kellogg/NYSHA

On Saturday, The Farmers’ Museum’s Milking Shorthorn, Seraphina, The Farmers’ Museum’s milking shorthorn, gave birth to a bull calf Saturday, April 14. Both are doing fine. The new bull has not yet been named.

Bassett HR VP Bruce Wilhelm Dies At Age 52


ruce Wilhelm, 52, Bassett Healthcare vice president/human resources who receive the system’s Lifetime Ambassador Award in December, has succumbed to esophageal cancer. (Full obituary, B9) WHIRLWIND VISIT: U.S. Rep. Chris Gibson stopped by TJ’s Place Thursday, April 12, to confer with Mayor Jeff Katz and local Republicans about how he might help the village, his office confirmed. PARTNERS SPLIT: A final decision was handed down in state Supreme Court Friday, April 6, dissolving the LLC of Joseph Ferrara Sr. and the Pattons to operate Cooperstown All-Star Village. The youth camp will nonetheless open Saturday, June 9, on schedule, a spokesperson said. RADIO POWWOW: The Binghamton-based WSKG Board of Directors will meet at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 24, at The Fenimore Art Museum, the northern end of its service area. Public welcome at the meeting or a reception that follows at 5.


CON, the state Council of Non-Profits, whose term as Cooperstown Chamber of COOPERSTOWN Commerce president expires this fall. our newcomers are • Holly Hren, who running for the Coooperates Hollydaze Bed & perBreakfast, 85 stown CenChestnut St. tral School Marietta Board of and Hren Education, join two othcreating the er newcomopportunity ers, Marcy that a new S. Birch, majority will Toddsville, be elected in a speech the Tuesday, Andrew Marietta and therapist Holly Hren round out the and owner May 15, CCS board slate. elections. of BarnBy the yard Swing, Monday, April 16, deadline Hartwick Seminary, and for petitions, two additional Jonathan A. Greenberg, an candidates had surfaced: Bassett Hospital anesthesi• Andrew Marietta, ologist. regional director of NYPlease See TICKET, A8 By JIM KEVLIN


Pacherille To Appeal Rejection

Otesaga Shop’s New Manager To Reach Out By LIBBY CUDMORE



nthony Pacherille’s lawyer said he plans to appeal a judge’s refusal to allow the Cooperstown boy to be resentenced because the judge didn’t consider his central argument. Attorney Frank Policelli, Utica, said Otsego County Judge Brian Burns’ sentencing of Pacherille was “illegal” because the judge hadn’t told defense counsel he had received a letter from the boy’s father that he considered “threatening.” Policelli was interviewed Tuesday, April 17, after Please See APPEAL, A3



here’s something surprising – and new – in every corner of The Otesaga’s gift shop this season. A card catalogue holds men’s sundry items. A bookcase is stacked with stuffed animals, and scarves are hung just as neatly as though you’ve just walked into your closet. Local books, including “The Ladies of Hyde Hall” and the “The Beekman 1802 Heirloom Cookbook,” are stacked high on a table near the front of the shop, Please See SHOP, A3

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Hamming it up at the Monday, April 16, press conference outside Doubleday Field are, from left, concessionaire Rose Schwally, new investor and Vice President John Raffaeli, President Tom Hickey, Mayor Jeff Katz, Cooperstown Brewery owner Chuck Williamson, and Shirley Tyler, director of baseball operations.

Hawkeyes Announce New Investor, New Beer, Coop-Oneonta Challenge By LIBBY CUDMORE COOPERSTOWN


he Cooperstown Hawkeyes introduced a new investor, John Raffaeli, a Wall Street investor, at the team’s vice president at a pre-season

press conference Monday, April 16, at Doubleday Field. “Baseball’s the reason we’re here,” said Tom Hickey, gesturing to the bright green grass on the stadium field. “And what a place to play ball.” But Raffaeli wasn’t the only news not Please See SEASON, A8


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Aubrey Koch, Kristopher Reynold To Wed


r. and Mrs. Douglas Koch of Frederick, Md., are pleased to announce the engagement of their daughter Aubrey to Kristopher Reynolds. Kristopher is the son of Patricia Reynolds of Fly Creek and Cecil Reynolds of Balston Lake. Aubrey will be graduating from the Catholic University of America in May with a bachelor of science in nursing. Kris earned his bachelor’s in Mechanical Engineering from Catholic University in May 2011; he will be receiving a master’s in mechanical engineering from Catholic in May. He will then join the Naval Research Lab in Washington D.C. while pursuing a Ph.D. at Johns Hopkins. Aubrey and Kris will be married on Oct. 20 in Frederick. Aubrey Koch & Kris Reynolds Jim Kevlin/The Freeman’s Journal

Newly elected Mayor Jeff Katz, above, hands out Cooperstown lapel pins to the CCS Jazz Band, wishing the young musicians well as they embarked Tuesday, April 10, on a 22-hour bus trip to New Orleans, where they planned to march in that city’s Jazz & Heritage Festival parade. At left is band director Tim Iversen. Friday, April 13, Katz issued the first proclamation of his administration, designating Friday, May 11, as “Paint the Town Purple Day,” to help publicize the Cooperstown/ Northern Otsego Relay for Life May 18-19 at Cooperstown Dreams Park. With him are relay organizers Dawne Dietz, left, and Rena Lull, both of Cooperstown

ORIGINS CAFE DEBUTS ‘GREEN MACHINE’ AT EARTH FEST Mary Leonard, center, proprietor of Carefree Gardens with husband Brent, debuted a new venture, the Origins Cafe, at Earth Fest 2012 Saturday, April 14, at Milford Central School. The Origins Cafe’s mobile “Green Machine” has been booked for the Smithy Concert series and other area events. The cafe is also serving at Carefree Gardens on Beaver Meadow Road. Mary is partnering with daughters Dana, left, and Kristen.

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Kuzminski Plans Philosophical Dialogue On Nature Of Good, Evil At Hartwick ONEONTA

understand the nature of good drian Kuzminski, and evil. DifferHartwick College’s ent roles in the research scholar in dialogue will be philosophy, will conduct read by various an informal reading of a individuals. work-in-progress, “Ancient Kuzminski The dialogue Evenings,” a philosophical form “was dialogue in the ancient style, made famous by Plato as at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, May a vehicle for developing 1, in the college’s Dewar philosophical ideas,” he Union. The event is free said. “This is well suited and open to the public. to the views of the ancient Kuzminski’s dialogue is Pyrrhonians who questioned an adaptation of an ancient dogmatic beliefs, examined Pyrrhonian text, “Against contradictory opinions, and the Ethicists,” by Sextus advocated an attitude of susEmpiricus. The subject is pended judgment towards how we understand or fail to contested questions.”


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APPEAL/From A1 Broome County Judge Joseph F. Cawley denied a motion for resentencing of Pacherille, who was convicted last July in the Good Friday 2010 shooting of a classmate, Wes Lippitt. The youth, now 18, was charged as an adult and is serving an 11-year term. The maximum penalty if he had been sentenced as a youthful offender would have been four years, according to his lawyer. The case had been turned over to Cawley after Burns recused himself when charges were brought against Pacherille’s father, Tony, for knocking on the judge’s Oneonta home door. Policelli said that, before the son was sentenced, Burns received a letter from Tony Pacherille that said the judge should understand what the Pacherilles were going through because he had a son himself. The judge had considered that letter to be a veiled threat, said the Utica lawyer, but had gone through with the sentencing regardless. The appeal would go to the Appellate Division, Third Judicial Department, state Supreme Court in Albany, Policelli said. He anticipates arguing his appeal there this fall.

Jeanne Ayers, new manager of The Otesaga Gift shop, plans to be an ambassador for downtown Cooperstown generally. Amanda Hoepker/The Freeman’s Journal

Otesaga Shop Manager Assumes Larger Role SHOP/From A1 in between artful stacks of Otesaga baseball caps and coffee mugs. “I was invited to come on board and bring a new flair,� said shopkeeper Jeanne Ayers, successor to longtime gift shop manager Dick Sliter, who retired at the end of last season. “We did a lot of painting, tried to free up a lot of space,� One aspect of that new flair is acting as concierge to downtown Cooperstown at large, said Ayers, who owns The Lemon Tree kitchen shop on upper Main Street. Whether guests are seeking gifts, food or souvenirs. she plans to direct them to the appropriate stores in the downtown. “We’re a close-knit community of merchants,� she said. “We always support each other.� Just off The Otesaga’s main lobby, the re-designed gift shop offers “something for everyone,� from the Men’s Corner, including fine cigars and apparel, to “toys for tots,

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Otsego County Must Do All It Can To Ensure Chobani Flourishes


his isn’t fracking, man. It’s yogurt. In the days of pink slime, it’s pure and natural yogurt, and it’s swept the nation from the little hamlet of South Edmeston, NY, USA. Six years ago, cheesemaker Hamdi Ulukaya bought the abandoned Kraft plant on Unadilla Creek with an idea: To make Greek-style yogurt, the kind he ate as a boy in his native Turkey. His tiny crew – five people, plus himself – sent the first palette out to New York City, not knowing what the reception would be. The next week, two palettes. Then five. Then 10. Today, the plant’s been expanded so it can produce 1.4 million cases a year. From a couple of milk trucks a day during the Kraft era, 75 trucks go back and forth to South Edmeston today. In 2010, Chobani grew into a $257 million business; in 2011, when Chobani expanded into Australia and began construction of a second plant in Twin Falls, Idaho, it more than doubled to $700 million. The workforce, meanwhile, has grown from six to 1,300 – 220 times. Sort of like The Freeman’s Journal and Hometown Oneonta growing into the New York Times during that same period. Hamdi and his yogurt

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In Time Magazine’s April 2 cover story, “The Wimpy Recovery,” the only “boom” in New York State was in Greek-style yogurt – Chobani.

– it’s the best-selling Greek style; the third biggest yogurt maker after Dannon and Yoplait – have been heralded in Fortune, Forbes and the Wall Street Journal. You may have seen Time Magazine’s April 2 cover story: “The Wimpy Recovery.” Inside was a map of “Boomtown, USA,” identifying the few economic hotspots nationwide. The citation for New York State read, “Culture boom: Dairy farmers scramble to meet nationwide demand for protein-rich Greek-style yogurt.” That’s Chobani, man. Drive out to South Edmeston on a Sunday afternoon and take a look: This, friends, is what success looks like. • In Otsego County, however, you’d get a different


Is It Time Cooperstown Banned Pesticides’ Use? suit against Hudson by chemical corporations, many based in this country. Though the Supreme Court of Quebec upheld Hudson’s right to pass a ban, the chemical industry appealed to the Supreme Court of Canada, but it too upheld Hudson’s right to pass the ban on the basis of the precautionary principle affirming a legal responsibility to protect people from threats that could be harmful to life. The chemical industry Please See LETTER, A6 •F




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To the Editor: On Monday, April 9, 60 people gathered at Templeton Hall to see a film about a town in Canada that actually banned the use of herbicides and pesticides. The ban followed six years of prodding by a physician who was convinced that too many of her patients were showing up with illnesses traceable to chemicals she identified in herbicides and pesticides widely used on the beautiful lawns of Hudson, Que. This ban provoked legal

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Graphics: Scott Buchanan SUCCESSOR PUBLICATION TO The Cherry Valley Gazette • The Hartwick Review The Milford Tidings • The Morris Chronicle • Oneonta Press The Otsego Farmer • The Richfield Springs Mercury OFFICIAL NEWSPAPER FOR Otsego County • Town of Cherry Valley • Town of Middlefield Cooperstown Central School District Subscriptions Rates: Otsego County, $45 a year. All other areas, $60 a year. First Class Subscription, $120 a year. Published Thursdays by Iron String Press, Inc. 21 Railroad Ave., Cooperstown NY 13326 Telephone: (607) 547-6103. Fax: (607) 547-6080. E-mail: • Contents © Iron String Press, Inc. Periodicals postage paid at USPS Cooperstown 40 Main St., Cooperstown NY 13326-9598 USPS Permit Number 018-449 Postmaster Send Address Changes To: Box 890, Cooperstown NY 13326 Judge Cooper’s portrait, by Gilbert Stuart, is in The Fenimore Art Museum

picture, judging from news reports lately. You’d think Chobani, which is employing several hundred of our neighbors and injecting millions into the local economy in the fourth year of the worst economic dip since the Great Depression, is a problem. The company was fined $178,000 by OSHA, faces fines from the Susquehanna River Basin Commission for self-reporting it used more water from the local aquifer than “authorized,” and has produced more whey than it has been able to handle. And yes – whaddaya know? – those milk trucks are going back and forth to the plant on roads. OK, that sounds flippant. The issues – Jennifer Tavares, Chenango County’s economic developer, calls them “growing pains”

– shouldn’t be minimized, but they are beside the point: We have, at our doorstep, a new industry, one of the fast-growing in history, that uses our traditional agricultural products and infrastructure, and is spending untold millions on local salaries and with local vendors and suppliers. Drive out to South Edmeston and return on back roads: Every other barn has collapsed, every fifth house is empty. The hamlet itself is in bad shape, with vacant houses and closed businesses. The status quo is not what anyone can want. (One exception, The Farmers’ Place, a local barbecue and catering concern, is thriving – a model for any smart entrepreneur to follow.) • Here’s the immediate concern: Word’s circulating that a five-story headquarters building planned at the local plant – the facility is actually just across Unadilla Creek in Chenango County’s Town of Columbus – has been shelved for now due to regulatory concerns. Tavares, whose IDA has been helping with the plans, hadn’t heard that and was checking it out. But it’s a wake-up call. Chobani doesn’t have to stay here. Its scope and ambitions have far exceeded geography. It’s here by lucky happenstance for our region – Hamdi Ulukaya

happened to see the Kraft plant for sale in a flyer that crossed his desk at his feta plant in Fulton. So you have to ask: Can Otsego County and New York State mess up even this? Again, this is not to minimize any problems, (even though they are minimal in the big picture.) Whey can (and will) be processed. If necessary, water can be piped in from multiple places in our water-rich region. Roads can be improved; a railroad, washed out in the 2006 floods, should certainly be repaired. (Some of the solutions have their own fascination: The whey, either from the plant or from farmers’ fields, where it is used as fertilizer, has apparently killed off some of freshwater mussels in Unadilla Creek. To revive that population, if necessary, requires reintroduction of a certain kind of eel. The mussels then get started in the eels’ gills. How cool is that?) It’s time to rethink the future of South Edmeston, too, a hamlet like so many of ours – the drive back took us through the hamlet of Welcome – that time has left behind. Might residences be phased out as it is redeveloped as an agri-business nodule? GM has a network of suppliers, sub-contractors and vendors around Detroit; why not recreate South Edmeston to serve Chobani in this way?

• Right away, elected officials should reach out to Chobani to ensure the company is getting all the cooperation it needs. State Sen. Jim Seward, R-Milford, U.S. Rep. Chris Gibson, who may be congressman for all of Otsego County after this fall, and Otsego County Board chair Kathy Clark should revisit Chobani and find out what Hamdi Ulukaya needs, and reassure him those requirements will be met, even exceeded. Tavares and her Otsego County counterpart, Carolyn Lewis, should be talking almost daily and meeting regularly until Chobani’s local future is assured. And where is the Mohawk Valley Regional Economic Development Commission? Government oversight should be consultative and helpful, not punitive. Chobani is more than willing to address challenges resulting from its meteoric success. Temple University’s first president, Russell Conwell, was famous for his “Acres of Diamonds” speech, about a man who travels the globe looking for diamonds, only to discover a field in his own backyard. Chobani is our acre of diamonds. If Chobani can’t flourish here – it can, it should, and we can ensure that happens – let’s simply give up on economic development once and for all.


Well Before ‘Night To Remember,’ Walter Lord Notable As ‘Commodore’ Of Hyde Bay Camp Editor’s Note: SUNY Oneonta art professor Allen Farber alerted us that Walter Lord, author of “A Night to Remember,” famed history of the Titanic sinking, spent boyhood summers at Hyde Bay Camp on Otsego Lake. This is a 2002 appreciation by the late Dr. Walter Lynn of Baltimore on after Lord passed away. The late Jack Ryerson, son of Titanic victim Arthur Ryerson Sr., who is buried in Cooperstown’s Lakewood Cemetery, shared his memories of that night only with Walter Lord.


rom 1927 through the summer of 1969, Hyde Bay Camp was Shangri-La on the shores of Lake Otsego, eight miles north of Cooperstown. It was started by former Gilman (School for Boys in Baltimore) history teacher Herbert Pickett as a summer tutoring project to help struggling students. The first camper was Page Smith. Like Walter, Page was a Gilman student who went on to become a renowned historian and much-published author. Over the 52 years that Hyde Bay was in operation, hundreds of boys – many from Gilman – spent their summers on Lake Otsego. During much of the 1930s and into the 1940s, Walter Lord was a camper, counselor and ultimately The Commodore. The Commodore was a title he bestowed on him-

Walter Lord at Hyde Bay Camp, years before his “A Night To Remember” fame.

self, and his many friends called him that until the end. Despite Walter’s later fame for the Titanic, Commodore was an odd choice of nicknames, because Walter did NOT know how to sail. The nickname DID come in handy each year when Walter would preside over Hyde Bay’s Eight-Inch Regatta. Campers would build something with wood and paper to resemble a sailboat measuring no more than eight inches. And one day each summer, perhaps a 100 boats would be dropped in the Lake for the Regatta. After some time and distance had been covered, a winner would be declared. In a ceremony with great pomp and circumstance, Walter, dressed appropriate-

Walter Lord’s 1955 best-selling historical account of the Titanic’s sinking was first made into a popular British movie in 1957. This is a still from publicity for the movie.

ly as a Commodore, would present the Eight-Inch Regatta Cup to the youngster who may have actually won the race. To his final day, Walter kept the Eight-Inch Regatta trophy in his New York apartment, next to the priceless artifacts from the Titanic. The trophy was simply a cooking pot with a lid. Walter loved ceremony

and pomp and circumstance, but underlying it all was farce and comedy. His “ceremony” was the kind perfected by the Marx Brothers. One ceremony was especially memorable. At Hyde Bay, there were a number of barnyard animals kept on the property – a few goats and chickens. One summer, a new pig was brought to Please See LORD, A6




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


Advertisement – Lost on the 10th between Dr. Arnold’s and Luke C. Hinman’s, the following notes of hand, viz. One against Thomas A. Latting for about eleven dollars; one against Seth Reed, for five dollars 75 cents with an indorsement of two dollars; one against Ezekiel Jacobs, for four dollars, and one against Luke C. Hinman & Co. for seven gallons whiskey. Any person who will inform the owner where said notes may be had, shall be generously rewarded. N.B. Those who signed the above notes are requested to pay them to none but the subscriber. Samuel Bissell, Junior, Hartwick April 18, 1812



The Great Conflagration at Cooperstown – One third or more of the business portion of Cooperstown is in ruins! Strangers who come in from surrounding towns to look at the desolation brought upon us, hardly recognize the place, it is so sadly changed in appearance. From Mr. Phinney’s residence on the west side of West Street (now Pioneer), and up Main, on both sides, to near Chestnut Street (with the exception of Cory’s stone store) nothing is seen but the foundation walls where a week ago stood hotels, stores and dwellings. Our beautiful village has received a blow from which it cannot entirely recover in many years. April 18, 1862


A class of immigrants not wanted – The nihilists, the revolutionists, the avowed infidels, the professional strikers, those who have no regard for law and order, the inmates of foreign asylums, poor houses and prisons are not wanted in this country. Nearly all the labor troubles from which we have suffered for years, and such disturbances as have been witnessed in Chicago and other cities, have had their origin with those foreigners who have come here desiring liberty to do as they please and also liberty to prevent others from earning an honest living except by their permission. This month, 20,000 of them banded together in Chicago to obtain control of the city government. They aim to revolutionize the old-time customs, habits and usages of peaceful Americans and the best class of foreign workingmen, and they openly preach treason and defiance of law. April 23, 1887



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Pronounced to be the greatest disaster in the marine history of the world, the sinking of the White Star liner Titanic off the coast of Newfoundland by collision with an iceberg Sunday night, is the cause of particular anxiety in Cooperstown, because among the list of passengers were Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Ryerson and three children, and Miss Grace Scott Bowen of this village. News reports seem to confirm that, following the custom of the sea, the women and children were saved, and that Mr. Ryerson was lost. There is a reasonable certainty that Mrs. Ryerson, her daughters Emily and Susette, and her son Jack, and Miss Bowen, who was traveling with them, are among the shipwrecked passengers, picked up by the Cunard liner Carpathia, which is now on the way to New York with 675 survivors of the disaster. The Ryerson family sailed on the Titanic last Wednesday to attend the funeral of their son Arthur, who was killed in an automobile accident near Philadelphia on the 8th of April. April 17, 1912


A total of 53,000 seedlings and transplants, furnished free by the state of New York to Otsego County 4-H Club workers, were brought to Otsego County for distribution on Saturday. It is expected that the planting will be completed this week, and when the work is finished, a total of 591,000 will have been planted by Otsego 4-H foresters since 1925. The work is being carried out under the direction of William Eldridge, the county leader. April 21, 1937

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At a meeting of the village planning board, questions, concerns and objections greeted those proposing to build a 41-condominium project on a 3.29 acre site in the Glen Garage area between Main Street and Glen Avenue on the west side of the village. Laura Curtis, whose 245 Main Street residence adjoins the site, read her objections from a prepared statement. Among the issues aired by Curtis and others were sewer capacity, fire access traffic safety, water supply and pressure, soil erosion, and tax revenue vs. cost of services. (Ed. Note: The project was eventually abandoned) April 17, 1987


Citing personal and family reasons, Esther Nelson, director of Glimmerglass Opera, has announced her intention to leave the company this fall at the close of the 2002 season. Nelson became general director at Glimmerglass in July 1996, following a worldwide search that considered 100 candidates. Nelson had been general director/CEO of the Nevada Opera. She replaced Paul Kellogg at Glimmerglass Opera when he left to direct the New York City Opera while remaining the artistic director at Glimmerglass Opera. April 19, 2002



Is It Time To Ban Pesticides Locally? LETTER/From A4 immediately began to lobby in the U.S. to pass state laws that would prohibit local bans on herbicides and pesticides. (Once more home rule is undermined by state government.) Nevertheless, we are still free to be cautious about our own use of herbicides and pesticides, which by their very nature kill living things. Generally, we accept the manufacturer’s word


about the products we use on our lawns and gardens, but manufacturers have a terrible history of assuring us a product is safe when after long use it turns out to be harmful. Agent Orange is one example of an herbicide maintained to be safe but found to be devastatingly harmful – not only to the Vietnamese but also to U.S. servicemen exposed to it. Following the showing of the film, the discussion

centered chiefly on the extent to which herbicides and pesticides are being used in Cooperstown. I believe it is accurate to say that the majority of those present felt it is time to use the precautionary principle here regarding our use of chemicals that can do unintended harm to life here and down the Susquehanna. HILDA WILCOX SAM WILCOX Cooperstown


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‘Night To Remember’ Author Summered Here LORD/From A4 join the other animals. It was Walter’s belief that this pig, which was named Pearl, should have a party in her honor. It should be a debutante party. Walter made the plans and even had invitations made for those to be invited. In Walter’s mind, a debutante party wasn’t a first-class affair unless there was someone to CRASH the party. Walter appointed ME to be the un-invited party crasher. With no invitation, I was to arrive at a certain time and CRASH the party. Unfortunately, I fell asleep in my tent. Walter sent a group of campers to wake me so I could be

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New Majority Possible On CCS Board TICKET/From A1 Also running are two incumbents, Tony Scalici, the board president, and David Borgstrom. A third incumbent, Mikal SkyShrewsbury, had submitted a petition to run again, but changed her mind and withdrew it. Marietta and wife Melissa, who reside in Oaksville, are parents of two daughters, Caroline, 5, who is in kindergarten, and Charlotte, 2. “The more people who get interested and put their names forward, the better,” said Marietta, adding that Melissa encouraged him to run. He said he hopes his involvement will encourage people his age – young parents – to get involved go-

ing forward. joining NY“Everyone CON eight always asks years ago. the same Hren people,” he – daughter, continued. Georgia, “There are so CCS ‘11, is many people finishing her in the comfreshman munity who Marcy Birch and Dr. year at SUNY Jonathan Greenberg are Binghamton never get the other two newcom- – is a volunasked.” ers seeking seats on the teer mediator Marietta, raised in CCS board. at the Dispute Minneapolis, Resolution came to Cooperstown to Center, Oneonta, operated attend the Cooperstown by Catholic Charities, in adGraduate School in Museum dition to operating her B&B. Studies, where he met his She praised the variety of wife, a fellow student from candidates running, and said western Massachusetts. Af- part of her motivation was ter graduating, she worked to ensure – from her experiat The National Baseball ence as a FOMA volunteer Hall of Fame and he at The – that there are “enough Farmers’ Museum before people to do the work that

needs to be done.” From her participation in FOMA (the Friends of Music and Art), she also believes “music and art belong in there along with academics and sports.” A native Long Islander, she moved to the area in 1976 after graduating from a two-year program at Farmingdale and finishing up at Cornell. She worked as a vet tech for Pam Lee and held other positions before opening her B&B 12 years ago. Sky-Shrewsbury, a firstterm incumbent, said she decided not to seek a second term because of the time required to help her daughter, Caley, who will be a senior next year, prepare for college.

Retired Executive Invests In Cooperstown Hawkeyes SEASON/From A1 specifically baseball related: • Chuck Williamson, new owner of Cooperstown Brewing Co. and founder of the Butternuts Brewery in Garratsville, will be producing Cooperstown Hawkeyes All-American Lager this summer. The new brew will be served at Doubleday. • Mayor Jeff Katz announced a “Mayor’s Trophy” to encourage a rivalry between the Hawkeyes and the Oneonta Outlaws. The teams will vie 13 times during the Perfect Game USA league season. (With an arson spree winding down in Oneonta, that city’s mayor, Dick Miller, was unable to attend the announcement.) Hickey also announced that J.P. Sportman and Coleman Barron, starring outfielders from last year’s team, will be returning as

operations. As for Raffaeli, a recently retired top human resources director for UBS, Thomsom Reuters and other large entities, expressed delight at his new role: “I’m thrilled to have found the Hawkeyes and to re-find Cooperstown,” he said. President of Cork, Cask & Casa, which invests in recreational opportunities The Freeman’s Journal around the world, he said Retired executive John his Hawkeyes investment a perfect fit. Raffaeli expresses For his part, Williamson delight at his new investment in the Coosaid, “Part of what I wanted perstown Hawkeyes, to do with Cooperstown was where he assumes the recentralize our brand. And role of vice president. what better way to do that then with the Hawkeyes? part of the 30-player cohort. Baseball and beer, that’s an “Our players come from old-time tradition.” California to ConnectiThe Hawkeyes will be the cut – we cover the whole first team at its level to have United States,” said Shirley its own beer, and WilliamTyler, director of baseball son said, if it takes off, he’d


like to bottle the lager and sell it nationwide. For his part, Katz predicted the cup to recognize a cross-county rivalry will be fun, adding in Miller’s absence, “I have no doubt that it will be us.” The Cooperstown Hawkeyes’ opening game – against the Outlaws, as it happens – is 5 p.m. Wednesday, June 6. “There’s a cadre of community who comes for each game,” said Hickey. “It’s a wonderful experience, and we hope the community will come out and support us again this year. “ “There’s nothing more American than coming out to an inexpensive baseball game, having a hot dog, and drinking beer with friends. It’s a wonderful experience.”

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The 4:30 p.m. garage fire on Friday, April 13, on Oneonta’s Eighth Street was the first in a long weekend of “suspicious” blazes and led to suspect’s apprehension Sunday night.

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fter seven suspicious blazes erupted around the city’s center over the weekend, worried Oneonta residents breathed a sigh of relief when a 22-year-old was arrested Sunday, April 15, after he was found hiding near the seventh scene. But as this edition went to press Tuesday evening, •

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April 17, authorities cautioned that Gable Bugel, 22, had only been charged in one of the instances. Still, Fire Chief Patrick Pidgeon, who had rushed back from a Maryland vacation to help his crew, was able to say after two days without incident, “Everyone’s tired – but we’re getting back to normal.” Bugel was charged with third-degree attempted arson, a class D felony, for attempting to light a fire Please See SUSPECT, A9





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SUSPECT/From A8 behind Community Bank on Main Street between 10 and 11 p.m. Sunday, April 15. The fire was put out, and when police surged the area, they found Bugel, “appearing to be in hiding,” said Lt. Dennis Naylor. After questioning, Bugel was arrested. He was charged at 2:30 p.m. on Monday, April 16, and arraigned late that afternoon in Oneonta City Court. He was remanded to Otsego County Jail without bail. “The DA is letting us go ahead with one charge,” said Mayor Miller. The public is still being asked for input on the six other fires, and anyone with information is urged to call 432-1111. The City Council has authorized a $5,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of anyone involved in these fires. As is happened, Bugel, when still a teenager, was arrested after a fire on Halloween of 2007, where two piles of cardboard were tucked next to a dumpster “a baseball’s throw away” from where he was caught the other night, according to Pigeon. The following year, the boy was given five years’ probation. The 2007 fire burned through a boarded-up window and got inside the walls. It took several hours to put out the fire, and in the end, seven people were left homeless and three businesses damaged, according to the chief. According to published reports, Gabe was singing in the OHS choir as recently as 2006, and had written 200 pages of a novel. Nonetheless, an acquaintance, Dylan Youngs, who went to high school with Bugel, described him as

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“very quiet,” someone who didn’t make friends easily. “He was a little strange,” said Youngs. “I don’t know too many people who did know him very well.” Like most young people these days, Bugel had a Facebook page, which was updated at 4:13 p.m. Saturday, April 14, for the first time since March 24. The posting reported “exciting night ... full of thrills.” It was his last update before his arrest Sunday night. Meanwhile, investigators continue to go by the book. “Fire investigations work backwards,” said Fire Captain Rob Latourette. “If you don’t have a witness or a guy with a match in his hand, you have to say what it isn’t first.” At every scene, the investigators have ruled out wood-burning stoves, a spark carried from another fire, an electrical malfunction or lightning. At least two of the fires, 11 Harmon St. and 1 Franklin, started on the lawns of the property. “We started seeing similarities, but you try not to overthink it,” said Pigeon. “We’re just trying to piece things together.”

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Bruce Wilhelm, 52; Bassett VP, Human Resources COOPERSTOWN – Bruce Walter Wilhelm, 52, Bassett Healthcare vice president of human resources who served as first CEO of the Tri-Town Regional Hospital, Sidney, passed away on Monday, April 16, 2012. He had been stricken with esophageal cancer. Bruce was born Sept. 15, 1959, in Bayshore, to Ronald and Ann Lorraine (Schultz) Wilhelm. His family moved to Sidney in 1969, and he graduated from Sidney High School in 1977. He earned a B.A. in public affairs from SUNY Albany in 1981 and a master’s in public administration from Russell Sage College in 1994. He married Lorna DeMott on Aug. 30, 1980. Bruce joined Bassett Hospital in 1982 as a personnel assistant, and was promoted a number of times. From 2006 on, he was Bassett’s representative in the collaboration that reopened TriTown Regional Hospital in 2008, and he served as its

first CEO. He returned to Cooperstown as the Bassett system’s vice president of human resources. Bruce W. In DecemWilhelm ber 2011, Bruce was awarded Bassett’s Lifetime Ambassador Award. Over the years, he served on the boards of ARC Otsego (president since 1992), Sidney Federal Credit Union, Boy Scouts of America, Otschodela Council, Otschedela Girl Scouts and Leatherstocking FCU. Also on the state ARC Board of Governors, VHA Human Resources Executive Council, Iroquois Workforce Development Council, and BOCES Advisory Council. He was a long-term volunteer for the Cooperstown Sports Booster Club, and he and Lorna were awarded the 2005-06 Ken Kiser Good

Sport Award. He was a 1977 class representative for the Sidney Alumni Association, and inducted into the Sidney Alumni Wall of Fame in 2010. He was an adjunct professor at SUNY/ IT in Utica from 1999 to 2004. His professional affiliations included Iroquois Healthcare Association, American Society of Healthcare Human Resources Administrators, and Northeast NY Association of Hospital Personnel Administrators. He was a presenter at many forums and conferences, and was valued as a source of practical knowledge in his field of expertise. As a Boy Scout with Troop 99, Sidney, he rose to rank of Eagle. He was active in various extracurricular activities and sports, and loved to play basketball in the Clark Sports Center Fast Break and Slow Break leagues until his recent illness. He was not known for his stealth or jumping skills, but

had a great touch for 3-point shots. He enjoyed family beach vacations and at camp in the Thousand Islands. In addition to his wife, survivors include his daughter, Kristin Butler, her husband Daniel and their children, Kayleigh and Davis, and son Brett Wilhelm (and significant other Julia Doherty), all of the Cooperstown area. Also, sisters and brother, Cheryl (Brian) Morris, East Greenbush; John (Kelley) Wilhelm, Chester, Va., and Alison (Steve) Hertle, Essex Junction, Vt.; in-laws Benjamin and Katherine DeMott; grandmother-in-law Marie Greene, and brothers- and sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews, cousins, aunts, uncles, and very close friends. Bruce was predeceased by both parents. There will be two visitations offered: 4-7 p.m. Thursday, April 19, at Connell, Dow and Deysenroth Funeral Home, 82 Chestnut St., Cooperstown, and 1-3


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MLS#82183 - SENSATIONAL CENTER HALL COLONIAL w/GUEST MLS#83535 - A great starter home for you & your family, it has all been done for you! New carpeting, beautiful hardwood flrs, COTTAGE & 2 car garage, BIG RED BARN, & outbuildings, & newly painted. Plus a lovely sloping back yard that leads to METICULOUSLY MAINTAINED, MINUTES TO ONEONTA & COOPERSTOWN. Deeded ROW to GOODYEAR LAKE across the road Oaks Creek. What a great place to raise your family. Move your as well as a CURRENT PERMIT for SUMMER BASEBALL RENTAL. furniture in & then take the family on a picnic right in your own back yard perfect! $159,900 Call Donna @ 607-267-3232 The OUTDOOR WOOD FURNACE heats the home efficiently & economically. ROOMY & RELAXING ROCKING CHAIR front PARTY PORCH, and a lovely side deck and covered patio. $289,000 Call Tom @ (607) 435-2068

MLS#81929 - This well maintained mobile home has 3 bedrms, 2 bathrms, central air, fully applianced, 2 car garage & several sheds on just over 6 acres. This warm, inviting & energy efficient home is move in ready, at this price it will not last long. $65,500 Call Jim Vrooman @ (603) 247-0506



MLS#82197 - Beautiful country setting for relaxed living. MLS#80949 - Established Equestrian Ranch: Professionally Owner fianacing available, close to Stamford and near Oneonta. MLS#81148 – RUSTIC & ROOMY home built by the owner from maintained horse business has everything the horse enthusiast would REAL LOGS he harvested himself. Set on a private &peaceful full Reduced $74,000 Call Adam Karns @ 607-244-9633 need for a turn-key business. Spacious main house w/4 bedrms & 2 acre in Oneonta school district w/easy access to Cooperstown, ba, w/a finished basement currently a summer rental at $2,000.00 Oneonta, & I-88. The 4 bedrm, 2 bath, CUSTOM DESIGN features a week. 3408 sq.ft barn w/14 well maintained horse stalls. Also a an open flr plan, cathedral ceilings, 2 FIREPLACES, 3 levels of horse wash station, tack rm, grain rm, restrm & hay loft. The riding living space including a full finished basement w/a lrg family arena is available for, agility & competition training, riding lessons & rm, bar, den/office/storage/sewing rm, & LRG WORKSHOP. hours of fun. There are also 6 sheds, 6 paddocks, white PVC fencing, $159,900 Call Tom @ (607) 435-2068 high tensile lines, basketball court & an abundance of rock walls. ! $395,000 Call Jim Vrooman @ (603) 247-0506 CE ED



MLS#82653 - In the country, 3 bedroom , 1 bath home. On 1.36 acres. 1yr new appliances. Range, refrigerator, dishwasher, microwave, washer/dryer. New paint, new carpet. Top this off with a new septic system. Can be all yours for only $58,000 Call Frank @ 607-435-1389

MLS#83154 - GREAT LOCATION! 4.5 acres w/387’ on busy St. Hwy. 28. 1.2 miles to Dreams Park & 2.0 miles to Cooperstown. Ideal for restaurant, motel/hotel or any business requiring high visibility. $399,000 Call Rod & Barb @ (315) 520-6512 MLS#83523 - Year round Lakefront living at a fantastic price! UNIQUE PROPERTY on Good Year Lake!!!! 5 acres plus, zoned residential & commercial. This very affordable, very spacious home has many recent updates & has been tastefully renovated. A great year round home for you & your family, or a wonderful family retreat. Home, home & business, the possibilities are endless. $189,900.00 Call Donna @ 607-267-3232

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MLS#81221 - Beautifully maintained 3 bed 2 bath home in beautiful Fly Creek. Full finished walk out lower level, oversized garage with work shop and walk up loft for crafts or hobbies all on almost 2 acres with a stream out back. $199,000 Call Chris @ (607) 376-1201

MLS#83812 - OUTSTANDING YEAR ROUND LAKEFRONT HOME on the east shore of Canadarago Lake w/65’ of lake frontage. This charming home will exceed your expectations w/all the amenities MLS#81615 - This SUPER SOLID 5 TO 6 bedrm CENTER CITY you could ask for, beautiful parquet flrs, ceramic tile, stunning VINTAGE VICTORIAN makes a fabulous single family home… BUT stained glass windows, central air, sun deck, & a beautiful lawn W/2 KITCHENS & a PERFECT LOCATION, this property could be that extends to the lake. $475,000 Call Donna @ (607) 267-3232 a money-making investment property as a 2 family 6 BEDRM E ! student rental. Many upgrades/improvements including a NEW IC CED R ROOF, NEW EXTERIOR PAINT, NEWer FURNACE, & several NEW P DU WINDOWS. $167,900 Call Tom @ (607) 435-2068 RE

VACANT LAND-MLS#83184 - Autumn Heights subdivision. New homes being developed in this secluded country side. Build your dream home & enjoy the views of the hill sides & the starry skies at night. Owner financing is now available to qualified buyers. Call for details. $14,900 Call Jim Vrooman @ (603) 247-0506


MLS#81524 - STATE OF THE ART excercise & physical therapy business. (across from Bassett Health Clinic in Richfield Springs). The owner’s Estate is selling the building, the business MLS#82676 - 2000 sq. ft. 4 bedrm 2 bath home. 2 car garage. Lrg & all the equipment & furnishings. If you’ve ever thought of city lot of .72 acres. This property will need some work. Cleaning, owning your own business, here’s the perfect opportunity. painting, kitchen flr & new appliances. This is a short sale & will $149,000 Call Rod & Barb @ (315) 520-6512 require bank approval. Call Frank @ 607-435-1389

MLS#83841 - ELEGANT RANCH HOME ON DESIREABLE STREET WITHIN easy walking distance to the center of Richfield Springs. 3bdm 2 ½ baths, formal dining rm, living rm w/gas fireplace & spacious eat-in kitchen. Lrg 100 X 250 village lot on quiet street w/other well kept homes. Attached 2 car garage. MUST SEE. $179,700 Call Rod & Barb @ (315) 520-6512

MLS#81749 - HUNTERS’ DELIGHT! Beautiful ALMOST NEW Cape Chalet set on almost 70 PRIVATE & PEACEFUL ACRES of mostly wooded PRIME HUNTING property w/a creek flowing through it & ATV trails throughout. CATHEDRAL CEILINGS, loft bedrm, loft family rm, ceramic tiling. The wood stove heats the whole MLS#82273 - Beautiful views of the valley below and adjacent house w/INEXPENSIVE COOP ELECTRIC baseboard as backup. ponds with abundant wildlife. Very close to Oneonta with well and $239,900 Call Tom @ (607) 435-2068 septic on property. $24,500 Call Adam Karns @ 607-244-9633

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We have a sweet bungalow on South Belmont Circle. It’s in move in condition with: replacement windows, updated electric, newer appliances, hardwood floors and covered back deck. Nice level lot with fencing on 3 sides. Call today for your private showing. $112,000. MLS#83713

Build your dream home, or bring your toys!! 10 acres just outside village on paved road, mostly level, beautiful views!! $45,500 The Packer House Built in the 1860’s has 5 BRs and 2 baths. Much has been restored, some remains to be done. Proudly sitting on almost one acre. $295,000 #83883

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(7500) This restored home is located on a quiet family(7564) Settle serenely in this secluded 4BR/2BA friendly street walking distance to school and hospital. Ranch-style with a lake view on property. Touches in Pristine-clean residence features three bedrooms, nursery, this comfortable residence include main-level master 2 baths, upscale kitchen w/maple cabinets and corian bedroom, modern kitchen with oak cabinets, Light and tops, Pantry, office space, Woodstove, beautiful sun airy floorplan, private den, vaulted ceilings. Skylight, (7535) Everyone applauds this nicely-kept 5BR/3+BA room, and separate large finished workshop/garage, a hardwood flooring, laundry room, perennial and Contempo on a pastoral site on 3.90 acres. Appealing Cape storybook garden shed, wide plank flooring, patio, and vegetable gardens. Many charms to cherish! mature landscaping round out this desirable offering. highlighting spacious living room, family room, wide Cooperstown Schools. Hubbell’s Exclusive. $150,000 Anticipate the best! Hubbell’s Exclusive. $319,000 plank and hardwood flooring. Formal dining room, Eat-in Kitchen w/oak cabinets, built-in bookcases and finished basement. Woodstove, active solar. Energy efficient. Two-car garage, large view deck, back porch. Stocked pond, hot tub, 2 story barn. No comfort overlooked! Cooperstown School. Hubbell’s Exclusive. $525,000

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(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, 1850’s Home features back porch and beamed ceilings. Hardwood flooring, formal dining room. A fix-up! CV-S Schools. Hubbell’s Exclusive. $134,000

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Real Estate Corner: A Weekly Message Leave Nothing to Chance If for some reason, the home you plan to purchase is not quite up to expected standards by the time of closing, perhaps because a contractor has not been able to complete required work, you may still be able to take possession. Don’t count on promises that it will be taken care of. If what you require cannot be done before closing, you may have part of the purchase price held in escrow until the seller fulfills his promise.When the work is completed according to the written specifications, the remainder of the funds will be released to the seller. Ideally, the property will be ready when you are, and this process will not be necessary. Spring is in the air! If you want to get ahead of the crowd in selling your home, now is the time to put it on the market. Just give us a call.

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