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Boys, If Bryce Harper, Why Not YOU? By PARKER FISH


Strike a pose! Reese Cash, Oneonta, gets her photo taken with drag queen Janyra, part of the second annual Pride Fest in Neahwa Park Saturday, June 2.

End OH-Fest, Citizens Ask City Leaders ONEONTA


nd OH-Fest, four citizens., including an OHS student, asked Common Council when it met Tuesday, June 5. But the city’s leaders seemed uncertain what course to pursue. “There’s actually a store on Main Street that has Tshirts and sweatshirts that have ‘Stoneonta’ printed on them,” said Abigail Denning, a sophomore. “Is that really what we want our city to be known for?” For details, photos, go to


AND THEY’RE OFF! Candidates for state and local office – from county sheriff to state Sen. Jim Seward, RMilford – began circulating petitions Tuesday, June 5, to get on the ballot in the Nov. 6 elections. ON ETHICS BOARD: Brett Holleran, the Town of Oneonta businessman, was expected to be named to the county’s Board of Ethics when the county Board of Representatives met Wednesday, June 6. NEW AT HARTWICK: John P. Czarnecki, the former athletic director at Hilbert College, was appointed as Hartwick College’s director of athletics and Physical Education Department chair, overseeing 16 NCAA Division III programs.

any baseball writers are already assuming that Nationals Star Out-

fielder Bryce Harper will one day be enshrined in the Baseball Hall of Fame. “Bryce Harper is one of the single most recognizable names in baseball right now,” said Jeff

Katz, former Cooperstown mayor and baseball writer. “If he can put together five more seasons like his best season, then I think he’ll make it into the Hall of Fame.” Please See BRYCE, A3

Bryce Harper, Then & Now

As Big Debate Nears, Top Dems Say: Flynn But 6 More Hopefuls Vie To Beat Faso By JIM KEVLIN


ooking ahead to the June 26 seven-way Democratic Congressional primary, it’s hard to find a leading Democrat in Otsego County who isn’t favoring Brian Flynn, FASO vs. brother of a WHOM? Lockerbie victim and business partner to Caroline Kennedy’s husband. The District 19 Brian Flynn primary, to ►DEBATE! determine The seven who will Democratic Congressiochallenge nal hopefuls freshman will debate Republican at 7 p.m. John Faso of Tuesday, Kinderhook, June 12, at Cooperstown a former High School. Assembly leader and Public welgubernatorial come. candidate, is June 26. Polls will be open noon-9 p.m. “Brian’s a lifelong progressive with a record of activism,” said Deb Marcus, Oneonta, who has hosted a Flynn fundraiser. “But he also can appeal to Republicans and independents because of his business background. He discusses proPlease See FLYNN, A9


Busch Dad’s Day Promoters Invade Village By LIBBY CUDMORE CHERRY VALLEY


oe Gray is through being subtle about what he wants for Father’s Day. “All I ever want, every year, is to have a picnic and a beer with my family,” said Gray. “But my family never gets the hint.” Enter Busch Beer, which selected Gray to star in its national Father’s Day ad campaign. “Dads never ask for what they want,” said Madalyn McLane, account supervisor with Deutsch, Busch’s ad agency. “We wanted to help tell the family that a dad just wants to spend time with them.” And on Sunday, June 3, Busch plastered downtown Cherry Valley with posters, banners and signs


Busch Dad’s Day promoters turned Cherry Valley into a Joe Gray tribute.

proclaiming “All Joe Wants For Father’s Day is Beer,” “Joe Doesn’t Need More Cologne” and “Say Happy

Father’s Day With Busch.” “I’ve been a Busch drinker for about 15 years,” said Joe. “It’s really good

beer.” There’s a banner across Main Street. There is a Please See DAD, A3

She Brought Life, Stars To West Kortright Center Martha Van Burek receives a standing ovation as the West Kortright Center announces its auditorium is being named in her honor.

During Martha Van Burek’s Tenure There, Allen Ginsberg, Ritchie Havens Performed By LIBBY CUDMORE WEST KORTRIGHT


rowing up, Martha Van Burek would take to the stage for anyone who would watch.

“I had six siblings and were always doing shows in our living room for anyone who would watch them,” she said. “My father encouraged us.” Now, after 43 years leading programming, scheduling events and Please See RETIRES, A8



FRIDAY, JUNE 8, 2018


Judge Burns Returns From Teaching Irish About Drug Courts


tsego County Judge Brian D. Burns has returned from Ireland, where he brought his expertise on drug-treatment courts to Dublin as a Fulbright Specialist this past February. Judge Burns taught a three-week seminar at the Dublin City University entitled “Social Justice: The Use of Drug Treatment Courts as a Judicial Response to the Opioid Crisis.” “The concept pulls in law students, but also students majoring in social work, nursing, criminal justice, education and political science,” he said. “There was a great opportunity for multidisciplinary learning.” As part of his trip, he observed a drug treatment court session held in a

centuries-old historic courthouse. “There is one drug court for all of Ireland,” he said. “But if someone is arrested with a small amount of heroin here, it’s a felony – their drug laws make it so that you have to have much more to reach felony level offense. But because our laws are more coercive, there’s a larger sentence if you fail out.” But he also learned that their drug courts feature a larger education component than is part of American drug courts. “They have a full-time educator as part of their treatment court,” he said. “When you come in, you’re asked about your skills, your education level, and they get you academic study and job training.” He was so impressed by

the idea that upon returning home, he reached out to both SUNY Oneonta and Hartwick College to begin talks on how to offer education to drug court participants. Burns was invited to a reception at the home of former Irish Ambassador to the United States, Anne Anderson, to celebrate International Women’s Day, and also met with the staff of Catherine Byrne, the Minister of State for Health Promotion to discuss what the country can do to strengthen their drug courts. He also appeared on The Pat Kenny Show, a national radio show. The trip was supported by the Honorable Sherry Klein Heitler, Chief of Policy and Planning, Valerie Raine, Statewide Drug Court

Coordinator and Dennis Reilly, Deputy Director, Drug Treatment Court Projects and by the Office of Policy and Planning. “The resources were very helpful to me as I prepared to present to the students and professionals in Ireland,” said Burns. “Those resources were also appreciated by the working group which is developing the country’s national drug treatment policy,” he said. County Judge Brian D. Burns was named a Fulbright And he managed to Specialist and taught a three-week seminar on drug have some fun too. “I courts at Dublin City University. was in Dublin for St. families with kids next to ist again in 2019. “One of Patrick’s Day!” he said. tourists from all over Euthe biggest things I learned “It was a once-in-a-lifetime rope, all celebrating along is how much we have in experience, somewhere the parade route.” common,” he said. “And between a nationwide reliHe’s hoping to travel I’m sure I learned a lot more gious holiday and a party for all of Europe. You’d see again as a Fulbright Special- than I taught.”

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Dreams Park Standout Bryce Harper In MLB, Contender For Hall Of Fame BRYCE/From A1 But stroll through the Hall of Fame today, and you’ll see he’s already there – the broken bat used to knock out three homeruns on May 6, 2015, and a photo of him at 11 years old, standing next to Lou Presutti during one of his three trips to Dreams Park, foreshadowing his hoped-for return to Cooperstown as a Hall of Famer. “Before Bryce Harper became the number one firstround draft pick by the Washington Nationals in the 2010 Major League Amateur Draft, he competed at Cooperstown Dreams Park for four weeks between the years 2003-2005,”

reads his official bio on the youth baseball park’s website. Harper, a Las Vegas native, grew up playing for multiple travel baseball teams that brought the promising young slugger on to help out in larger tournaments, like the one at Dreams Park. According to the website, Harper played in the tournament with San Diego Stars as a 10-year-old in 2003, returned with the Stars in 2004, and then played with the McDowell Mountain Yankees and the Southern Nevada Bulldogs in 2005. “He was a very courageous young man. He was an advanced player both mentally

and physically for his age,” said Stars coach Lyle Gabriel. “We have a very elite program so he was always surrounded by elite players, but he stood out at an early age.” At 10 years old, “he was head and shoulders above the other kids just because of his advanced mental ability,” Gabriel said. “He was very tough mentally, which is unfortunately very different from today’s young players who are coddled by their parents.” Even among the sport’s top young talent during his trips here, Bryce excelled, winning the King of Swat Homerun Derby with six homeruns. He still shares the record for most

homeruns in one inning, most innings pitched, lowest earned runs allowed, and fewest hits allowed in the 10-and-under record book at Dreams Park. Arguably one of the best hitters in the game today, Bryce Harper is still winning accolades. The five-time MLB AllStar has hit 168 homeruns in his seven-year career, knocking out 18 so far this year. For most baseball writers, it isn’t a matter of if Harper will be elected to the Hall of Fame, but when. To be eligible for the Hall of Fame, players must be on an active major league roster for at least 10 years, and must wait five years after retirement

getting on the ballot. That means eight years at minimum, but at just 25 years old, the all-star slugger still has a promising career ahead of him. “To me, Bryce Harper has always been one of the shin-

ing stars of baseball since the day he came up to the major leagues,” said former mayor Katz. “If he puts together five more seasons like his best season so far, I definitely think he’ll make it in.”

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Busch Beer Celebrates Cherry Valley Dad DAD/From A1 two-story sign covering the wall of the Cherry Branch Gallery. And there’s even a cardboard cutout of Joe, holding a case of Busch beer. “A friend of ours saw it in the corner and walked over to try and talk to him!” he said. Some signs were even directed towards the family – his wife, Kim, and his sons, Chad, Scott and Justin. “I get the point!” joked Kim. “Think I’ll get him Busch this year.” Busch selected the Gray family from four other families after a nationwide search. “Joe is a hard-working man who loves his family,” said McLane. “When we met Joe and Kim, we knew we weren’t going to find a more deserving man.” On Sunday morning, camera crews caught the surprised reactions as each family member was escorted downtown to see all of the signs. “You can’t walk through town without spending time with Joe!” said McLane. “I can’t believe it,” he said. “I’m a keep-to-myself kind of guy. I work, I go camping, I’m kind of a homebody. So this is really something new to me!” The owner of G&G Drywall, he said that when the crews arrived Friday to paper downtown with his posters, he got so many messages from friends that had to turn off his phone. “One of the school bus drivers called and said he saw the big poster of Joe downtown and almost wrecked the bus,” said Kim. “Joe is everywhere!” “People are asking me to

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Busch beer fan and dad Joe Gray, here with wife Kim, is being celebrated in posters throughout Cherry Valley, part of the company’s Father’s Day promotion. sign the posters,” said Joe. Gray’s His sons Scott and Justin sons Scott were able to join him in the and Justin commercial, but Chad was and being unavailable for filming. “I’m a called out: little out of my element,” said For Dad’s Justin. “But this is good for a Day, their small town.” dad just “An opportunity like this wants doesn’t come along every day,” family, a said Scott. barbecue “The crew has been amazing and a glass to film with,” said Kim. “They of beer. make us feel so relaxed and which will debut on Busch’s to tell families that Father’s comfortable during the whole social media channels the week Day can be a little more sentishoot. It’s a bucket list experiof Father’s Day, with a longer mental.” ence I didn’t even know I had commercial airing on Sunday, The signs, however, will reon my bucket list.” June 17. main up until Monday June 18. Following the downtown “We want to create a move“I’ll have to build a wall just to tour, Kim and the boys threw ment,” said McLean. “We want hang some of these,” he said. Joe the Father’s Day barbeque he always wanted, complete with plenty of Busch beer. The reactions will be edited together for a teaser trailer,


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Amy Schumer Proves It Cooperstown-Oneonta Market CAN Support Top Acts. Study Should Underscore That


my Schumer’s almostinstantaneous sellout performance Tuesday, May 29, at Oneonta’s Foothills Performance Arts Center proves it: There is a demand for top-rated entertainment in Otsego County. The remaining question: What’s the price point? As Schumer proved, $20 – a true bargain – is fine. So is prob-

ably $30. Maybe $40. Certainly, at $50 a seat there will probably be some audience erosion, but how much? At $20, Foothills grossed an estimated $14,000. At $40, it would have been $28,000, not a bad gate, plus bar sales. It was quite a story. Foothills Manager Bill Youngs looked up from his desk the Friday after-

Amy Schumer filled Foothills.

noon before and there was Amy Schumer herself, one of the nation’s top comics (and a niece of our U.S. senator, Chuck Schumer.) Having recently moved to the area, she wanted to do a benefit in four days, to test out the material in her upcoming “Amy Schumer And Friends” national tour.

Youngs and his office manager, Geoff Doyle, rose to the occasion, setting up an online ticket office in short order and getting the word out over social media. Overnight, the 650 tickets were sold. (Well done, guys!) The line that evening extended up South Market Street almost to Main, an unprecedented sight Please See EDITORIAL, A6


Knowing What We Know About Drinking, City Shouldn’t Endorse OH-Fest To the Editor: Contrary to the belief of some, OH-Fest weekend isn’t just another weekend of college student drinking in Center City. OH-Fest has become another “reason” (think St. Patrick’s Day/St. Oney’s Day and Santa Crawl) for anyone who wants to try to get away with it to start consuming alcohol on the city’s streets as early as 8 a.m. and to continue throughout the day and far into the evening. It is a false equivalency to say that such activity occurs every weekend. Third Ward Greek members and residents don’t find it necessary to spend every Sunday filling several bags of garbage from that Saturday’s activities. Nine individuals were transported from Neahwa Park to the Emergency Room during the OH-Fest concert. A person who is transported to a hospital due to overconsumption of alcohol has by definition drunk an excessive amount in a short period of time. Drinking too much alcohol can affects a person’s breathing, heart rate, body temperature, and gag reflex, and can potentially

Let’s Find One Name For One God To the Editor: Language has been one barrier between us and the comprehension that we are serving the same God. Transcending language barriers has been a problem since the beginning of time. To transcend languages, consider the “Parable Of The Chair.” There are approximately 6,909 languages in the world and even more names for God. How can we transcend this vast number? Let us consider the humble chair. The chair is pronounced in French chaise; in Spanish silla; in Arabic kursiy, etc. Pronounced differently, they are in reality, all the same.

The same holds true when we pronounce the name of our God. Although spoken and sounding differently, man speaks in tongues and God hears in tongues. Allah, Buddha,Yahweh, Harvesp-tawan, etc., are all one. That being stated, the main difference between religions is comprehension of purpose. When the differing names of God are understood to be one in the same, then and only then, will the focus on purpose becomes our path to enlightenment. Please have a seat in the chair and think about the purpose of God. GERRY M. WELCH Cooperstown

HOMETOWN ONEONTA & The Otsego-Delaware Dispatch James C. Kevlin Editor & Publisher


A throng of SUNY Oneonta and Hartwick College students pack Oneonta’s Neahwa Park Saturday, April 21, for A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie, the OH-Fest featured act this year.

Nursing Home No Longer County Board’s Concern To the Editor: I believe that the editorial regarding Centers Health Care, in the May 25-26 editions of your newspapers needs some clarification. It implies that I, as well as the rest of the Otsego County Board of Representatives, don’t care about the facility or its residents. When I was called for comment about this issue, it was the first I had heard of it. I did give the “standard” answer – that the county was no longer responsible for the operation of the facility. I find I have to say this quite often, Koutnik because there is still a perception among the public that the county maintains some control or responsibility, and therefore has the leverage to make changes. Centers is a private corporation and the county board has precisely the same ability to impact its policies and procedures as it does any other private corporation in Otsego County.

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A new sign is up at Centers Health Care, which purchased the former county nursing home in January from Focus Otsego.

The accompanying article notes that the price increase affects only privatepay residents, who make up 7.5 percent of the Centers’ population. This is, if I am not mistaken, the only group of residents whose fee is set entirely by the facility, and it is price-gouging at its worst. And although an increase of this magnitude exhibits a level of greed that is rarely encountered, the impact is on a small minority of the Centers’ population. Any comment or opinion regarding this issue has nothing whatsoever to do with one’s care and

concern for those citizens of Otsego County who find themselves in a nursing home. Furthermore, the county already has “expertise to do what can be done to ensure our elderly’s health needs...” Our Office for the Aging, headed by the very competent Tamie MacDonald, is out in the community every day, responding to these needs. So – as the title of the editorial asks - “Who’ll Protect Us From Centers?” The answer: no one, except maybe the state Department of Health, someday. We must really decide whether we want a “free market economy,” or whether we want to become outraged when that free market does what comes naturally. In an environment when government regulation of business is resisted mightily – and is currently being dismantled more and more every day - we can have one or the other, but not both. GARY KOUTNIK Oneonta Mr. Koutnik is vice chairman of the Otsego County Board of Representatives


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lead to seizures, coma, and death. There is no way of knowing in advance how seriously any individual will be affected. I am at a complete loss as to how having to transport nine people to the emergency room is an acceptable outcome for a college student-led outdoor event with a permit to be held on city property. We don’t read a report like that after July 4 or the Balloon Festival, both held in Neahwa Park, nor should we. I for one don’t understand why we would allow OHFest to be any different. It’s 2018, and #Kids Will Be Kids no longer cuts it! College student drinking is neither OK nor harmless. The Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration of the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services states: “Alcohol is the most widely misused substance among America’s youth. Consumption of alcohol by anyone under the age of 21, also known as underage drinking, remains a considerable public health challenge. Please See LETTER, A5


Tracing Origins Of Council Rock, Indian Hunter

his week we continue Daughsharing excerpts ters from the “Attracof the tions” chapter of our American upcoming book, “RememRevolubering Cooperstown...” tion in an We would like to share approtwo local attractions located priate next to each other in the ceremony village. The first is the attended CATHERINE Clinton Dam marker for by many LAKE which we have, thanks local ELLSWORTH to Bobbi Jastremski, two as well picture postcards. as state This marker, located dignitaries. where the lake meets We note that in the the river, was dedicated earlier picture there is a on Sept. 2, 1901, by the ball lodged in the Civil War

Mortar mounted on the boulder. In the other picture the ball is gone. One is tempted to wonder just when the ball disappeared from the monument. • Our thanks to Hugh MacDougall, Elm Street, for supplying us with a bit of information concerning the D.A.R. Clinton Dam marker and the missing cannonball. Hugh’s uncle, Charles An early postcard depicts Please See COLUMN, A5 the “Indian Hunter.”



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150 Years Ago

News Items from Elsewhere – Three thousand, six hundred and thirty immigrants arrived at New York Saturday, two-thirds of whom are Germans. Eight hundred pounds of pickerel are said to have been recently taken from the East Otis Pond in Massachusetts in one day. A large, white ash tree in Mahoning County, Ohio, was lately sawed into 4,830 feet of good inch-and-a-quarter lumber. A man in Missouri has constructed the model of a machine which reaps, threshes, cleans, and sacks wheat in one operation. The only copy of the first newspaper printed in America, known to exist, is in the British Archives in London. A tall disused chimney at Manchester, New Hampshire, has been taken possession of by a swarm of swallows estimated at from ten to fifty thousand in number. When issuing from the mouth of the chimney they are said to resemble a large column of black smoke. June 1868

100 Years Ago

A contract was closed yesterday by Howard L. Butts of this city, with Frank H. Bresee, for the erection of a two-story brick structure with frontage on Wall Street for the use of the Kayser Glove Company. The company, in addition to the building first remodeled for its occupancy, now occupies the old Windsor Hotel barns. These will be removed and on their site the new building with 60-foot frontage on Wall Street and extending 80 feet to the Huntington Park and lands of the Oneonta Building and Land Association, will be erected. While the work is going on the company will have its entire plant in the original building, but as soon as the new factory is completed it will move to the new structure. Orlo Epps is the architect for the new building which will in every way conform to the city ordinances and factory laws of the state. June 1918

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60 Years Ago

The First Baptist Church of Sidney is backing its pastor, the Rev. Donald D. Moreland, in his opposition to Bingo in Sidney. Rev. Moreland is one of six Sidney clergymen who recently issued a joint statement reaffirming their opposition to Bingo that reads: “The combined boards of deacons and trustees of First Baptist Church, Sidney, wish to express publicly their unqualified opposition to the legalization of Bingo in the village of Sidney, urging residents to register their June 1893 opposition at the polls.” The other Sidney clergymen on record as opposing Bingo are Rev. Roger B. Glazier, pastor of the Methodist Church, the Rev. Rollin D. Malany, Rector of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church; the Prospects are good for a record-breaking Rev. Robert Marshall, pastor of the Christian graduating class at Oneonta high school this month, Principal J.C. McLain said yesterday. and Missionary Alliance; the Rev. Charlton It appears likely that the number of diplomas E. Opdyke, pastor of First Congregational; and the Rev. Myron Jaenecke, pastor of St. issued will exceed 171, the record set in Luke’s Lutheran Church. 1936. Last year’s class numbered 164. ReJune 1958 cent study by school authorities has disclosed two interesting facts. In the past eight years, 51 percent of the graduates have entered colleges or other institutions of higher learning, “The funeral is for the living – not for the including nurses’ training schools. In the dead,” Lester Grummons, owner of Grumpast ten years, while the number of entering mons funeral home said Monday. Grummons freshmen has remained almost constant, the stressed the psychological importance of the number of seniors has almost trebled. Many funeral and its various rituals. “The viewing more people are completing their high school of the deceased is a particularly important courses than was the case ten years ago. With psychological process by which the survia scarcity of jobs there has been less tempta- vors are able to cope with the death,” he said. tion for boys and girls to drop out of school Although many people are apprehensive

80 Years Ago

Mysteries Of Cooperstown COLUMN/From A4 C. Cooke, tried without success to determine what happened to the cannonball. According to a Freeman’s Journal article written by Mr. Cooke, the only picture which shows the marker with the cannonball is one from the collections of NYSHA. Even the picture which appeared in the Otsego Farmer four days after the marker dedication on Sept. 2, 1901 shows no cannonball. Mr. Cooke concluded that the cannonball disappeared very quickly, but sheds no further light on the subject. Perhaps someday someone will come forth to solve the mystery of the missing cannonball. • We note that the view up Otsego Lake from Council Rock is one of our favorites. We also find the history of the Council Rock site to be most interesting. The arrow made of marble placed in the stone platform at the bottom of the Council Rock steps points due north. The marble for that arrow came from an old Michaels’ Market counter top. Michaels’ Market was located where Peper’s Place now is on Main Street. (This storefront is currently home to the Doubleday Cafe.) It seems that when Pete Jones, a local stone mason of great renown, was working on the steps and platform at Council Rock, he wanted something to lay in the stone to form an arrow. Pete mentioned this project to Howard N. Michaels, owner of Michaels’ Market, who then offered the marble from an old counter top in the basement of his store. We thank Howard P. Michaels, of Fly Creek, son of Howard N. Michaels, for informing us of all of this. And every time we see the marble arrow, we are reminded the most interesting connections found in

before graduation. The installation of air conditioning apparatus is just being completed at the Diana Restaurant on Main Street, by the Oneonta Heating and Air Conditioning Company. The firm expects to turn on the cooling machines Saturday morning. Whenever the thermometer rises above 70, the machines will maintain a constant temperature, with 50 percent less relative humidity. The Diana Restaurant installation is the only cooling project of its kind in Otsego County. June 1938

so much of Cooperstown’s history. • We also think the history of the Indian Hunter statue is most interesting. The Indian Hunter, long used as a symbol of Cooperstown, adorns the large boulder in Lake Front Park at the foot of Pioneer Street. We knew that the Indian Hunter was moved to its present location from its previous home in Cooper Park in January 1940. We had not realized, however, that the placing of the Indian Hunter in Cooper Park during the spring of 1898 had been so festive. Nor did we know that E.A. Potter moved the over 30-ton, 8-foot-tall boulder, on which the Indian Hunter stands, from the western edge of the village to Cooper Park. Mr. Potter accomplished this feat in four weeks. • But, what we find most interesting is that our statue is a copy of an original sculpture located in New York City’s Central Park by an excellent but virtually unknown American sculptor named John Quincy Adams Ward, 1830-1910. Evidently Mr. Ward traveled west to do research for his statue by living with various Indian tribes. He completed the Indian Hunter in 1864 and the statue was exhibited in Paris in 1867. And even though Cooperstown’s Indian Hunter is only a copy, we feel that he has served the village well. And we thank Bideth McGown and Harold Hollis, via his Cooperstown book, for sharing much of the above information with us. We will continue with more excerpts from the book next week. PLEASE NOTE: Comments regarding this column may be made by mail to 105 Pioneer Street, Cooperstown, NY 13326, by telephone at 607-547-8124.

40 Years Ago

about the viewing, Grummons explained that it helps to prevent the natural tendency of many people to deny the reality of death. Grummons, a graduate of the Simmons School of Embalming and Mortuary Science at Broome Technical Community College and SUNY Binghamton, sees today’s society as a “death-defying” society. “I feel strongly,” he said, “that the funeral director is there to serve the needs of the living.” June 1978

20 Years Ago

Just weeks after India and Pakistan triggered nuclear fears in a jittery world, a major United States ally in Asia is coming to see President Clinton bringing worries about a nation whose nuclear ambitions created a military crisis four years ago – North Korea. South Korean President Kim Daejung, is expected to caution Clinton in Oval Office talks on Tuesday that avoiding another confrontation on the Korean Peninsula may depend on a new, more open American approach to the prickly and unpredictable North Korean regime. The South Korean is expected to tell Clinton it is time to loosen punitive sanctions hampering Western trade with the Communist North, to encourage dialogue, expose the North to the benefits of free enterprise, and move it toward a softening of its hostile attitude about the South. June 1998

10 Years Ago

A jogger passing by a Main Street home Saturday evening noticed smoke and alerted the occupant, who escaped safely with her pets, a dog and several cats. The Victorian home at 382 Main Street was damaged, but the property appears to be salvageable. There were no injuries. Rachel Stillman was napping in her apartment, when about 7 p.m. the jogger noticed smoke, fire fighter Michael Mancini said. The jogger banged on Stillman’s door and she awoke. June 2008

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re there circumstances where it’s OK to violate your privacy? It might be OK if you make an informed decision to allow that to happen – but what if you don’t? Have you heard of HIPPA – the Health Insurance Portability & Accountability Act of 1996? If you have, you probably have a sense of comfort that it protects conversations your doctor has about your care or treatment with nurses and others. Does it really do that, and are there times when it’s OK for your doctor, now known as your primary-care physician, to divulge information learned MIKE about you during a visit to law ZAGATA enforcement officials? Does the doctor face an obligation to do so? It’s not your doctor’s fault if they do as they didn’t volunteer to assist your government. • Why these questions? If you’ve had a recent doctor’s appointment, the following questions might sound familiar: “Do you feel secure at home?” and, “Are you depressed?” What is likely to happen if you answer “no” to the first question and “yes” to the second? If you’re a firearms owner, you’re

likely to receive a visit from the state police and see your firearms depart with them. You may also receive a visit from the folks at Social Services in an effort to determine if you’re the victim of spousal abuse. The goal is to reduce the likelihood of domestic or other forms of violence, e.g. school shootings. That’s a laudable goal. However, does it, at the same time, violate your right to privacy and lead to the breakdown of the doctor-patient relationship? Is it the best way to achieve the goal? As with most issues like this, there will likely be opinions on both sides of the issue. That’s one of the many benefits of living in America. The fact that we are losing our privacy right at an alarming rate is just that – fact. The debate has already been held – by someone somewhere – and the decision made to allow that to happen. Do you want your driving habits to be recorded each time make a trip to the grocery store or church? Do you want your location recorded each time you dial a number or utter a voice command on your cell phone? Do

you wonder why you receive certain e-mails from marketers who seem to know your buying habits? • Yes, our cars and mobile phones offer convenience – but at what cost? To those of us who are older, this cost represents change and thus we are likely to be aware that it is happening. But what about the next generation? This is life as they know it and therefore not perceived by them as a threat. You can be certain there will be more change – change they may then perceive as a threat because it’s different from that to which they are now accustomed. It will happen incrementally over time and, at some later date, those of us still alive will awaken to the fact our lives are no longer recognizable and ask: “What happened?” Mike Zagata, DEC commissioner in the Pataki Administration and environmental executive in Fortune 500 companies, resides in West Davenport.

Tell City Council: We Don’t Want OH-Fest In Present Form LETTER/From A4 “Adolescent alcohol use is not an acceptable rite of passage, but a serious threat to adolescent development and health. “Medical research shows that the developing adolescent brain may be particularly susceptible to long-term negative consequences of alcohol use. “Although adolescents and young adults drink less often than adults, they tend to drink more than adults, frequently drinking as many as 5 or more drinks on a single occasion. “Although adolescence brings increased risk for alcohol use, some factors put teens at higher risk for abusing alcohol. “These include high levels of impulsiveness, novelty seeking, and aggressive behavior; having conduct or behavior problems; and a tendency not to consider the possible negative consequences of one’s actions.” Unfortunately, OH-Fest is not the


-Fest is not the “family-friendly” event that its founders hoped it would be, no matter what some may think. “family-friendly” event that its founders hoped it would be, no matter what some may think. As so often occurs, a relatively few “bad apples” have ruined the barrel. When any of the city’s residents find it difficult to drive on city streets because of large crowds of young people ignoring traffic rules, find it necessary to leave town or stay inside their homes because of excessive noise or, worse yet, feel that it is unsafe for their children to walk the streets because of cat-calling or vomit-

ing by inebriated students, it’s too late for even those who live far away from Center City to turn a deaf ear or a blind eye. Remember, we are spending close to $10,000 for police and EMS coverage for OH-Fest. We are allowing the city’s quality of life reputation to be tarnished, and at what cost? I urge you to attend a Common Council or council’s Operations, Planning & Evaluation Committee (OPEC) meeting to voice your opinion, or to take just a few minutes to email or call your Council member. It’s time for all of us who care about Oneonta maintaining both an excellent quality of life and a friendly relationship with our college students to stop collectively muttering under our breaths. We need to tell our Council members that we don’t want OH-Fest to continue in its present form. MARTY van LENTEN BECKER, RN. Oneonta

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EDITORIAL: Oneonta Theater, Foothills Fans Must Act On Study Recommendations EDITORIAL/From A4 in the City of the Hills. Since Gordon Lightfoot reopened Foothills in 2010 to great excitement, there’s been only one other sellout. Now, no doubt, Youngs and his board members are sharpening their pencils and looking at their performance list to see how Amy’s hit evening might be duplicated, and triplicated, and quadruplicated … and so on. • Still, the whole question of what Greater Oneonta, and that includes Cooperstown, can afford in the way of entertainment is still up in the air, despite notable successes in the market. Another example: retiring Catskill Symphony Orchestra maestro packed SUNY Oneonta’s Dewar Arena April 28 for his final concert.

determine how much entertainment Greater Oneonta can afford, and what type. Foothills declined to participate in seeking the city grant, but Mayor Herzig says it’s now agreed to provide consultant Duncan Webb whatever information he may need to come up with a sound conclusion on the arts Hannah Bergene photo scene as a whole. The queue of fans waiting to get into the Amy “That’s important,” said Schumer concert at Foothills Tuesday, May 29, Herzig, “because you can’t demonstrates quality entertainment can fill talk about restoring the theaters locally. Oneonta Theater without That question mark looms with the Greater Oneonta talking about Foothills. lately in the mind of anyHistorical Society, has been They have to work together. one who may walk past the awarded $60,000 from the They have to have a defined historic Oneonta Theater, city’s Downtown Redevelmarket niche. We’re not and to see its front doors ply- opment Fund to answer that looking to build up one at wooded over despite the best question. the expense of the other.” efforts of its owner, Tom FOTOT/GOHS has conWebb is expected to start Cormier, over a decade. tracted with New York City’s work in early July – very Happily, Mayor Gary Webb Associates, the foreexciting, particularly since Herzig can report, FOTOT most arts-center consulting City Hall, leveraging $10 – the Friends of the Oneonta firm in the country, to finally million from the Cuomo Theater – in collaboration conduct a market survey to Administration in Down-



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Gunleif Jacobsen, 83; Wall Street Retiree Active In County Life ONEONTA – Gunleif Jacobsen, of Oneonta and New York City, active in the county’s civic life since retiring from Wall Street in 1996, passed away Monday, May 21, 2018, at home in Oneonta at age 83. Gunleif was born in Brooklyn, the eldest son of Elias and Olena Jacobsen, who had recently emigrated from Karmoy, Norway. He graduated from Fort Hamilton High School in

Brooklyn, and Baruch College, The City University of New York. He retired from a successful career on Wall Street in 1996. Very proud of his Norwegian heritage, he then spent two semesters at the University of Bergen and two summers at Oslo University’s International Summer School to deepen his knowledge of the country’s language, culture and society. A member of All Souls

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Unitarian Church in New York and the Sons of Norway, he was an enthusiastic supporter of many cultural and environmental organizations, including Carnegie Hall, MusicaViva, Bassett Hospital, Otsego Land Trust, The Glimmerglass Festival, The Fenimore Art Museum and Doctors Without Borders. In his early years, he was an accomplished figure skater. Later he turned to tennis and, as a member of the West Side Tennis Club in Forest Hills, won singles

and doubles tournaments there in the early ’80s. Perhaps owing to his Norwegian DNA, he excelled on the Gunleif ski slopes Jacobson and for many years impressed onlookers with his classic form on the challenging trails of the Rockies and Wasatch Range. He loved travel and made several road trips across the

U.S. and enjoyed visits to Europe, particularly Germany and Norway, where he spent time with friends and family. Gunleif is survived by his brothers, Tom and wife Gail of Manahawkin, N.J., and Roy and wife Mary Ellen of Charlestown, R.I.; niece and nephews Dianne, Erik, Toby, Jeffrey and Kirk; and by his partner of 41 years, Thomas Simpson. He was a kind and gracious man making friends wherever he went, and will be remembered by those

fortunate enough to have met him as a modest and caring person, with a ready smile, and an understanding and compassionate ear. There will be a gathering later this summer to celebrate his life. Contributions in his memory may be made to the Fenimore Art Museum, PO Box 800, Cooperstown, NY 13326, Otsego Land Trust, PO Box 173, Cooperstown, NY 13326, or the Guild of Glimmerglass Festival, PO Box 191, Cooperstown, NY 13326.

Jose Martinez, 80; Realtor Known as ‘Happy Jose’ ONEONTA – Jose A.G. “Joe” Martinez, 80, known as “Happy Jose,” passed away Friday, June 1, 2018 at Bassett Hospital surrounded by his loving family. He was born August 9, 1937 in Farjardo, Puerto Rico the son of Eusebia Martinez and Jovito Garcia. In 1955, Joe moved to the United States and settled in the Oneonta area where he began his career as a manager at Rua & Sons Tire in Oneonta. It was there that he met Linda, and the two were united in marriage on July 20, 1968. His business acumen and his talent for sales led him to found Otsego Tires; his many customers knew him

as “Happy Jose”. After getting out of the tire business, Joe began selling real estate and established Joe Martinez Realty. He sold real estate for many years until retiring due to his health. Realizing that he missed helping people, Joe began working summers at the Cooperstown Dreams Park. He was well know under the dining tent and was especially popular with teams from his native Puerto Rico. Joe is survived by his loving wife, Linda Martinez, Oneonta; three children and their spouses, Carmen (Brian) Williams, Maryland, Alicia (Tom) Fish, Milford and Tony (Michelle) Marti-

nez, Gypsum, CO; six grandchildren, Nathan (Dawn) Williams, Corey (Amber) Williams, Parker and Amanda Jose Martinez Fish, and Kiley and Lindsay Martinez; three great grandchildren, Ava, Gabriel and Colton; fatherin-law, Olin Waters, Masonville and the entire Waters families; the Wilday family of Cobleskill, his first family in the US, 1 niece, Nelsa Casanova of Amsterdam; and a very special neighbor, Sue Clark, Maryland. He was predeceased by

his first wife, Shirley Wilday Martinez. His beautiful blue eyes will be missed by his family and friends. Calling hours will be held 1-3 p.m. Sunday, June 10 in the Bookhout Funeral Home, 357 Main Street, Oneonta. There will be a celebration of Joe’s life held on Saturday, July 14, 2018 at 4 p.m at The Cornfield, 655 County Road 26, Fly Creek. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Milford Emergency Squad, Milford, or the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society at Funeral arrangements are by the Bookhout Funeral Home, Oneonta.

Van Burek Involved In Arts Center Since Beginning RETIRES/From A1 serving as executive director for the West Kortright Center, Van Burek retired from the position as well-wishers, alumni, family and friends threw her one final fete on the lawn on Saturday, June 2. “The community support has always been part and parcel to the whole thing,” she said. “It’s always been a grassroots organization, farm folks and a few young transplants, all with the spirit of adventure.” Van Burek, who was raised in Toronto and Buffalo, came to Hartwick College in 1969 to study visual arts. “The first time I came to campus, I stood up on the hill and looked at the view,” she said. “So I stayed.” She developed her own major, focusing on photography, and took a year off to work at a gallery in New York City. After college, she bought a house in East Meredith and worked at the Delaware County Hotline. There, she was contacted by artist Richard Kathmann, who was involved with trying to save the West Kortright church. “He told me they were trying to create an arts center,” she said. “The Susquehanna Presbytery sold it to us in 1975 for $1, and I joined the board of directors.” She was tasked with programming. “I was one of six kids, three of whom are in performing arts, so I’ve always been scheduling one concert or another,” she said. In the early days, there were no stage lights, so Carlton Clay hosted a series of “Candlelight Concerts” lit by kerosene lamps and chandeliers. “The acoustics of the center gave us very clear purpose,” she said. Music was always one of the mainstays of the venue. “We had Lake Street Dive in their early days,” she

raise money,” she said. “It was great, even if some people took offense that I had belly dancers on the lawn of their church!” The money raised went towards building repairs, but as word got around and the programming increased, the center was able to build a $700,000 endowment, which was named in her honor on Saturday. “We managed the building and we managed our money,” she said. Named executive director in 1987, she began the Shakespeare in the Valley and Young People’s Theater workshops, which tasked teenagers with designing, performing, costuming and building sets for a play every summer. “Our kids deserved what kids in urban areas had,” she said. Alumni of the program include Mia Honey Threapleton, daughter of actress Kate Winslet, and Jason Raize Rothenberg, who originated the role of Simba in the Broadway production of “The Lion King.” He died by suicide in Australia in 2004. Van Burek’s daughter, Vanessa and Van Burek’s grandchildren are also alumni of the program. “It’s so fun to see the next generation taking over and teaching,” she said. “This place raised Ian Austin/HOMETOWN ONEONTA her. I used to take her to committee Martha Van Burek hugs Amy Helfand, her successor as West meetings with me from the time she was seven!” Kortright Center executive Amy Helfand, who founded the director. House of Love house concert series said. “Now, we couldn’t afford them.” in Red Hook, has been named as a And legendary folk artists like successor to the role. “It’s time to pass Ritchie Havens and Odetta also graced the baton to someone who is ambitious the stage. “Allen Ginsburg did a fundthe way I used to be,” said Van Burek. raiser for us,” she said. “We were able “It’s important to have fresh ideas and to afford these great artists, and we an appreciation for the community.” always held receptions afterwards so And on Saturday, she was greeted people could meet the artists.” with one more surprise – the auditoriBut more than just a stage, they um has been named in her honor. “This made use of the center’s lawn and has always been a gift to me,” she said. beautiful valley view. “The first year, “To get paid for doing what I love.” we held an arts and crafts festival to



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FLYNN/From A1 gressive issues in economic terms: When he talks about addressing climate change, he talks about growing green jobs.” “Flynn,” replied Cooperstown’s Richard Sternberg when asked how county Democrats are leaning. The village trustee organized Sunday afternoon forums in Cooperstown Village Hall over the winter where all seven appeared. “It may be because we have, by far, had the most contact with him. He’s been in the county 39 days.” “The party appears to be coalescing behind Brian Flynn,” said Danny Lapin, the freshman county rep from Oneonta, “because he has demonstrated the best ability to understand local policy issues, to get out and about within the district – everywhere.” “I sense that Brian is in the lead here,” said Melinda Hardin, the Cooperstown activist who, within days of the November 2015 election, began organizing discussions on how to blunt President Donald Trump and Faso’s victories. “I’m supporting Brian Flynn. He has the best chance to beat Faso, and that’s what I care about. I also think he’s good guy.” A sampling of eight prominent Democrats – among them Cooperstown Trustee Jim Dean, a county committee member, and James Herman, a Democrat and board member for Sustainable Otsego, which is non-partisan although usually supportive of Democrats – found all of them supporting Flynn, whose lawn signs have begun popping up exclusively in Cooperstown and Oneonta in recent days. While some – for instance, county Democratic Chair Kim Muller of Oneonta, whose county committee decided not to endorse anyone until after June 26 – wouldn’t go on the record for Flynn, no one said they were supporting anyone else. What may be surprising is none of those interviewed came out in support of local candidate Erin Collier, 34, the famine-aid organizer in the Obama Administration who came home to Cooperstown to run for Congress. “Down the road she’ll be a great candidate,” said Muller. She and others – for instance, Chad McEvoy, Westford, who is running against Republican Assemblyman Brian Miller of New Hartford in the 101st District – said Collier, who didn’t announce her candidacy until March 12, was simply too late into the game. For the last two decades, Flynn has been a partner with Ed Schlossberg, the Kennedy in-law, in Schlossberg: Flynn, described in Irish America magazine in 2009 as “a business advisory firm that is a partner in emerging companies, helping them to accelerate growth, building greater value and get to market faster.” Flynn’s brother, John, was one of 35 college students killed when terrorists downed a Pan Am jet over Lockerbie, Scotland, in 1988, and for a while Flynn devoted himself to lobbying Congress to pass counter-terrorism legislation. While Flynn, now 49, worked in New York City, he and wife Amy have had a weekend home in Greene

County for 13 years, living there fulltime for two. The couple has two children, Bo, 14, and Hedda, 12. Family ties to the 19th District go back two generations, when his grandfather was a bartender in Leeds, Greene County, and his grandmother a chambermaid. The Michael J. Quill Irish Cultural Center in East Durham was named after his great-uncle. It hasn’t hurt him locally that Flynn has brought Otsego County Democrats into his campaign. His political director is Leslie Berliant, Town of Middlefield, who ran for the county board last fall. Maguire Benton, a CCS graduate, took time off from Cazenovia College to work as a Flynn field organizer. Clark Oliver of Oneonta, Otsego County Young Democrats’ president, also worked for the campaign. “I think he’s doing well because he’s put in the time,” said Berliant. “He’s been here more than 40 times. He’s come to key county meetings on key issues – bomb trucks, the Faso-Collin’s Amendment – and has a real understand-

ing of the issues that impact us. He’s the only one in the race with a long history of environmental activism; he’s supported ‘Medicaid for all’ for more than a decade.” Berliant estimated 25,000 Democrats will vote in the primary. “Divide by seven and add one,” she continued – meaning a few more than 4,000 votes could win the nomination, so solid support among Otsego County Democrats could carry the day for Flynn. “I don’t think this is a normal race where the top vote-getter is going to take 80 percent of the vote,” she added. Four of the seven Democrats are from Ulster County, splitting the vote there, Berliant continued. And even though, by weighted voting, the one county committee to endorse – Dutchess County’s – narrowly supported Antonio Delgado, a corporate lawyer now living in Rhinebeck, “Brian won the popular vote,” a majority of the individual votes cast, Berliant said. Flynn has also spent a lot of time in Schoharie and Delaware counties, she said, adding, “We feel very good

about Columbia County” too. Between now and June 26, “our strategy is the same as it’s always been: Get out and talk to the voters. It’s oldschool retail politics. Get out and talk to the people. Talk to them about issues they care about.” And there’s money to help get the message out. At the end of the third reporting period, Flynn led fundraising with $911,000, followed by Delgado with $881,000, according to Ballotpedia. Faso reportedly had $572,000; another Democrat, tech executive and Iraq War veteran Pat Ryan was fourth with a half-million. In addition to Flynn, Collier, Delgado and Ryan, candidates are former Cuomo aide Gareth Rhodes, Kingston social-services lawyer David Clegg, and Woodstock teacher Jeff Beals. It’s Pat Ryan who has the support of “D-Trip,” the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, according to Gianni Ortiz, an organizer of CD19 Indivisible, an anti-Trump and -Faso organization based in Columbia County. The DCCC

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Brian Flynn visited Otsego County early and often, his supporters say. With wife Amy at the wheel, he was the sole Congressional candidate in last year’s famed Fourth of July Parade in Springtfield.

put the 19th on a list of 60 Congressional Districts it believes it can shift from Republican to Democrat in the Nov. 6 general election and reclaim control of the House of Representatives. Nonetheless, Ortiz said, “Flynn is emerging; I think he’s the one.” Of course, the main bout, a Democrat-to-be-picked vs. Faso, won’t happen until after June 26, and Otsego County Republican Chairman Vince Casale said, presumably tongue in cheek when asked about Flynn, “Who?”

“I don’t know how anybody can keep the Democratic Party straight,” the Cooperstown resident continued. “After their ‘Partridge Family’ reunion, we will do everything we can to support Faso. He’s our guy. We’re very happy with John. We’re planning to return him very easily.” Asked about key issues, Casale said, “The current Congress has put more money in pockets of the average person who lives here. It’s been quite clear. That’s going to be the bottom line.” LGROUP@STNY.RR.COM 607-547-5007 (Office) 800-547-7948 (Toll Free)

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t’s a great weekend for beer and baseball in Otsego County, with the “Hoppy Trails” tours kicking off this weekend at The Farmers’ Museum. Tour the hopyard and historic hop house, then learn the history of hops and brewing…and if you’re lucky, there might even be a tasting! Tours are included with your admission to the Farmers’ Museum and run all weekend starting at 11 a.m. FridaySunday, June 8-10 at The Farmers’ Museum, Cooperstown, call (607) 547-1450 for details. • On Saturday night, head to Oneonta’s historic Damaschke Field

to cheer on the Oneonta Outlaws baseball team as they take on the Albany Dutchmen at 7 p.m. Saturday, June 9 in Neahwa Park, Oneonta. Info, 607-4326326. • LIBBY Or maybe you’re CUDMORE an early riser and prefer to get your own workout in. Think you can handle 26.2 miles around Otsego Lake in the annual Race the Lake marathon? If not, don’t worry – there’s

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a half-marathon and a 5K too. The race starts at 8 a.m. Saturday, June 9, in Glimmerglass State Park, Cooperstown. Info 607-547-2800. • And what’s summer without ice cream? Oneonta World of Learning hosts its annual ice cream social with games, performances and, of course, plenty of free ice cream from Noon – 4 p.m. Sunday, June 10, Fortin Park on Youngs Road, Oneonta. Info 607-431-8543. • At the Fenimore Art Museum, celebrate the lives and generosity of Clare and Eugene Thaw, benefactors of the museum’s extensive collec-

tion of Native American art. 3 p.m. Sunday, June 10, The Fenimore Art Museum, Cooperstown. Info 607547-1433 • Cap off the weekend with the Fab Four in a multi-media presentation by Dr. Charles Burnsworth, emeritus head of the Music Dept. at SUNY Oneonta, with commentary, rare photos and plenty of Beatles tunes. 5 p.m. Sunday, June 10, First Presbyterian Church, 298 Main St., Oneonta. Info 607-432-4286. • Happy Weekending!


BLOOD DRIVE – 12:30 6:30 p.m. Get $5 Amazon gift card. Bassett Auditorium, 1 Atwell Rd., Cooperstown. Call 607-547-3701. OPENING RECEPTION – 5:30 - 7 p.m. LEAF Community Exhibition, “Here Comes the Sun” art, poetry contest. Fenimore Art Museum, Cooperstown. Call 607-547-1400. TIE-DYE FRIDAY – 6:30 - 7:30 p.m. Tie Dye extravaganza for family. $8/guest accompanied by member. On

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BASEBALL – 7 p.m. Oneonta Outlaws vs. Utica Blue Sox. Damaschke Field, 15 James Georgeson Ave., Oneonta. Call 607-432-6326. MEETING – 7 p.m. Utica & Mohawk Valley Chapter of the National Railway Historical Society; program on railroad advertising in National Geographic, Saturday Evening Post, classic magazines. Zion Lutheran church, 630 French Rd., New Hartford. Call 315327-8653. CONTRADANCE – 7:30 - 10

p.m. Ice Cream Social Dance. Admission, $5/person. Cooperstown Elementary School. Call 607-264-8128.


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Thursday-Friday, June 7-8, 2018

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f you’ve ever wanted to hit a truck with a golf ball, then the Oneonta Sports Park is for you. And if you’ve never felt the urge, that’s all right too – there’s still plenty to do. With a driving range, ninehole par-3 course, mini-golf, disc golf, soccer golf, football golf and any other kind of golf that you can think of, this diamond in the rough is sure to be a hit with the whole

family. Oneonta Sports Park owner Don Licari bought the park seven years ago to provide families with an affordable way to entertain the kids. “I was probably this place’s best customer when I bought it,” he said. “I was here basically every day.” As one of the park’s best customers, Licari didn’t want to see it go out of business. He wanted other to experi-

ence the fun activities that he for odd jobs until it broke had experienced at the park, down, at which point, Licari which is why all activities wasn’t sure what to do with it. at the park cost only $6 per “My friend was just kind of person. Or, if you want to try joking around and said, ‘Why all of the different acdon’t you put it out on tivities that the sports BAT & BALL the driving range?’” park offers you can Licari loved the idea, buy an unlimited day and evidently, so do pass for only $10 per the customers, who person. “Its honestly use the truck as a one of the best deals target for their driving around,” said Licari. practice. “Within an But the most inhour of putting the triguing aspect of the truck out there, I had Oneonta Sports Park three or four people is the beat-up pick-up PARKER hitting balls at it,” truck parked in the Licari said. FISH middle of the driving And for only $12, you range. too can spend the whole day “That kind of started as a on the driving range, firing gag last year with a friend,” golfballs at the truck, with said Licari. He used the truck unlimited refills.


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See New Grandstand Theater, Film By Emmy Winner HALL/From Page 3 “The Lost Son of Havana.” “It connects the players of today to the players of history,” said Jon Shestakofsky, VP/communications & education. “Jonathan is such an important figure in modern sports film, so we talked about what we wanted folks to experience as a welcome to the museum.” With reflections from 19 Hall of Famers, classic game footage, an introduction by Hall of Fame board chairman Jane Forbes Clark and clips from “Field of Dreams” “Homer at the Bat” and “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off,” the 15-minute film is an entry point to the museum’s collections. “The idea that someone could be forever linked to someone they never met – that’s baseball,” said Bob Costas in the film, comparing footage of Ken Griffey Jr. to Willie

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The Hall of Fame’s newly renovated Grandstand Theater features comfortable seats and perfect acoustics, plus a new 15-minute introductory movie, “Generations of the Game,” by Emmy-winner Jonathan Hock.

Mayes. “You realize you had an impact

on someone’s lives, you’re creating memories,” added Ozzie Smith.

“You think of these kids coming through, and this gives them an understanding of what they can be,” said Jeff Idelson, Hall of Fame president. “It’s a powerful and enjoyable film,” said Shestakofsky. But more than just a new film, the theater itself got a major makeover. Gone are the wooden, stadiumstyle seats, replaced with cushioned auditorium seating, and the baseball field décor has been removed entirely in favor of a more contemporary theater look. “The previous theater had been around for a long time,” said Shestakofsky. “It was a beautiful space, but it had a lot of limitations. We knew we would benefit from a more modern facility.” The 189-seat theater, which opened Friday, May 25 Please See HALL, Pg. 6

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Hall of Fame Fun Peaks When 6 Stars Inducted July 29 HALL/From Pg. 5 ahead of the Hall of Fame Classic game, features a Dolby Atmos sound system, donated by Dolby Laboratories and a state-of-the-art projector from Christie Projectors. Fabric on the ceiling helps reduce echo, and small holes in the wood walls give the feeling of full surround sound. “The acoustics in here are perfect,” said Shestakofsky. The film will run at the top and bottom of the hour, and in between is a trivia reel. On the walls are two 16-foot video sideboards that correspond with the preshow trivia loop. Previously, the theater had 194 seats, but five seats

have been allocated for wheelchair-accessible seating. “It’s been two years in the making,” said Shestakofsky. “And we want use it for more than just the welcome film. We’d like to use it for concerts and talks, and community groups are always welcome to use it.” Grants from the Scriven and Clark Foundations helped cover the costs. “There isn’t a theater like this within a hundred miles,” said Idelson. “This is the same technology as they use for the academy awards.” After the film, visitors can stroll through the Inductees artifacts, as well as the rest of the museum, including new items in the Today’s


►HALL OF FAME’S 2018 INDUCTION Elected by Baseball Writers of America • Chipper Jones, third baseman, played 19 seasons for Atlanta Braves, including 12 where Braves made postseason; eight-time All-Star, 1999 NL Most Valuable Player • Jim Thome played 22 seasons for Indians, Phillies, White Sox, Dodgers, Twins, Orioles; third base, then moving to first. One of nine members of 600-home-run club, Thome’s 612 long balls rank eighth on all-time list, and 1,747 walks rank seventh all-time. • Trevor Hoffman pitched 18 seasons for Marlins, Padres, Brewers. Seven-time All-Star, first pitcher to reach both 500-save and 600-save milestones. • Vladimir Guerrero, right fielder, played 16 seasons for Expos, Angels, Rangers, Orioles, 2004 American League Most Valuable Player. Elected by MODERN BASEBALL ERA Committee (9 retired MLB Players, one executive) • Alan Trammell, shortstop played 20 seasons for Tigers, earning six All-Star Game selections, four Gold Glove Awards, three Silver Slugger Awards. • Jack Morris, pitched 18 seasons for Tigers, Twins, Blue Jays, Indians, earning 14 Opening Day starts, four World Series rings, including 1991 World Series for Twins, pitching 10 shutout innings.

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Game case. “We got Shohei Ohtani’s cap,” said Muder. “There was a lot of buzz on social media about this, with people calling him a modern-day Babe Ruth. He’s one of the biggest MLB stories out there right now.” They also have the first yarmulke ever in the Hall’s collection, belonging to Dylan Axelrod, a pitcher for Team Israel in the 2017 World Baseball Classic. Also new this year, as part of the “Whole New Ball Game” exhibit is dedicated to Lou Gehrig’s disease. “We’ve had two Hall of Famers who have died of ALS,” said Muder. “Obviously Lou, as well as Jim Hunter.” With the development of Pete Frates’ “Ice Bucket Challenge” in 2014, ALS has once again become a talking point in baseball. Frates, who was diagnosed with ALS in 2012, donated the bucket he used, as well as his glove, to be on display next to Gehrig’s bat and other ephemera. As many as 50,000 visitors are expected for Hall of Fame weekend. “The metrics are looking good,” said Muder. “Four of the last five years have been all over 45,000.”

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From Blackened Salmon To Baklava Editor’s Note: Here are staff picks of fun and fine places to eat while you’re in town.


ove that blackened salmon available most evenings as a special at the Doubleday Café. The chef will cook just as FINE DINING, ityou like FUN DINING it. Plus, French Staff Picks fries always crisp – just right – Or you can order mashed potatoes or rice. Vegetables al dente; perfect. Casual atmosphere; full menu. Try it. (Doubleday Café, 93 Main St., Cooperstown. 607-547-5468.) Jim Kevlin, Editor/Publisher


f you want to eat where the locals dine, get a table at the Autumn Café. Recently renovated, the menu is a hearty mix of classic favorites – including sandwiches on their famous café-made bread – and hearty new fare. With pork belly, jasmine rice and kimchi, their Korean BBQ Power Bowl is a personal lunchtime favorite. But if you’re there for Sunday brunch, they’ve been known to offer a delectable short rib bake topped with jalapeño corn bread as a special.

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Add in a belini and it’s the best breakfast in town! But get there early; tables fill up fast. (Autumn Café, 244 Main St, Oneonta, 607-4326845) Libby Cudmore Managing Editor


n the heart of Cooperstown on Main Street is Nicoletta’s Italian Café. What a treat! Start with the delicious fried artichoke hearts on a bed of

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greens with a more-than-addicting lemon garlic cream sauce drizzle … it’s a must. The home-made sausage is wonderful as an appetizer or an entree. The main course favorite – there isn’t a better filet mignon in the region, cooked to perfection and comes with hearty gorgonzola pasta on the side. The staff is knowledgeable, friendly and don’t have a problem making substitutions – a rarity. Plenty of tasty dishes for non-meat eaters, too: creative seafood dishes, chicken, fantastic salmon... Hint: go ahead and choose a dessert when you order your meal, they are all homemade and the area’s best cannolis tend to sell out! (Nicoletta’s Italian Café, 96 Main St, Cooperstown. 607-547-7499.) Tara Barnwell General Manager Advertising Director


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FRIENDSHIP FESTIVAL – 9 3 p.m. Local crafters, Brooks BBQ chicken, bake sale, more. To benefit non-profits. Spring Park, Route 20, Richfield Springs. GARDEN WORKSHOP – 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Learn techniques of Square Foot Gardening, set up grid, choose plants. Kids welcome. Take home heirloom seeds. Advance registration. Creamery classroom, Farmers Museum, Cooperstown. Call 607-5471450. HOPPY TOURS – 11 a.m. Brief history, discussion of beer, brewing, hops, followed by tour of hop yard, hop house. Farmers’ Museum, Cooperstown. Call 607-5471450. ART FESTIVAL – 10 a.m. - 9 p.m. Workshops, performances, music. Free, all ages. Michael Kudish Natural History Preserve, 2515 Tower Mountain Rd., Stamford. Call 607-242-1260. KNIT DAY – 1:30 - 3 p.m. Celebrate World Wide Knit in Public Day with the HML Yarn Club. Knitters, crocheters of all skill levels welcome. Huntington Park, Oneonta. Call 607-432-1980. INTERFAITH – 2 p.m. A Season of Faith and Understanding presentation, Ani Samten of Karme Ling (Tibetan Buddhism). Not wheelchair accessible. 315 Retreat Road, Delhi. E-mail ksider@hotmail. com SPAGHETTI DINNER – 5 p.m. To support Otsego County Fire Police. Donations accepted. Cooperstown Fire Station, Chestnut St. Call 607547-4328. MUSICAL – 7-10 p.m. CCS Thespians present “Just So Musical.” Auditorium, Cooperstown High School. Call 607-547-8181.


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INTERFAITH – 9:45 a.m. A Season of Faith and Understanding presentation by Ric Chrislip. Church of the Latter Day Saints (Mormon), 107 Balmoral Drive, West Oneonta. E-mail HOPPY TOURS – 11 a.m. Brief history, discussion of beer, brewing, hops, followed

by tour of hop yard, hop house. Farmers’ Museum, Cooperstown. Call 607-5471450. ICE CREAM SOCIAL – Noon - 4 p.m. Bring kids for free ice cream, fun activities, performances, demonstrations, outdoor games, Oneonta World of Learning. Fortin Park, Youngs Road, Oneonta. Call 607-431-8543. MUSICAL – 2 - 5 p.m. CCS Thespians present “Just So Musical.” Auditorium, Cooperstown High School. Call 607-547-8181. THAW MEMORIAL – 3 p.m. Celebrate lives of Clare and Eugene Thaw. The Fenimore Art Museum, Cooperstown. Call 607-547-1433. THE BEATLES – 5 p.m. Dr. Charles Burnsworth, emeritus head, SUNY Oneonta Music Department, commentary, photos, music of the Fab Four. First Presbyterian Church, 298 Main St., Oneonta. Call 607-432-4286.


PUBLIC SPEAKING – 5:30 p.m. Toastmasters meet. All welcome. The White House Building, The Fenimore Art Museum, Cooperstown. Call 607-547-1466 or e-mail ESCAPE ROOM – 6:30 - 7:30 p.m. Solve puzzles and escape Harry-Potter themed room within one hour. Limited time slots available. Free. Huntington Memorial Library, 62 Chestnut St., Oneonta. Call 607-432-1980. FIGURE DRAWING – 6:30 9 p.m. Non-instructional drawing with live model. Poses chosen by consensus. Cost $12/class. Carriage House Art Studio, 11 Ford Ave., Oneonta. Call 607-435-8718. TROUT UNLIMITED – 7 p.m. “Row vs. Wade” analysis of drift-boat fishing or wading in Southwestern Catskill rivers. Raffle for fishing-related prizes. Education Room, Heritage at the Plains, 163 Heritage Cir., Oneonta. Call 607-563-1978.


KNITTING GROUP – 1:30 - 3:30 p.m. Cooperstown Village Library, 22 Main St., Cooperstown. Call 607-5478344.

Hometown Oneonta 06-08-18  

The e-edition of the Hometown Oneonta for June 8, 2018.

Hometown Oneonta 06-08-18  

The e-edition of the Hometown Oneonta for June 8, 2018.