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Hall Will Celebrate 75th With Big Birthday Cake Today’s fans pose with yesterday’s heros in front of the National Baseball Hall of Fame, near the spot where, 75 years ago Thursday, June 12, the first induction was held. Holding the photo of that first class is Cooper Jacks. Others members of the River Bears from Bear River, Utah, at Dreams Park this week, are, from left, Tallon Gordon, Marcus Callister, Ethan Bevan, Ashton Rhodes and Easton Lish.

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Cooperstown’s Avalon Kubis de-braids Royal Highlander after winning Open Equitation Over Fences/Class 9, at The Farmers’ Museum Benefit Horse Show Sunday, June 8, at Iroquois Farm. Results at:


Otsego Lake Boat Parade On July 4th COOPERSTOWN


he Otsego Lake Association is planning the first “We Love Our Lake” judged, decorated boat parade at 6 p.m. Friday, July 4, rain or shine. Please arrive at Three Mile Point, the start and end, in ample time to line up the launches behind “Anondontoides,” the Biological Field Station’s research vessel. Boats of all sizes and shapes, powered by engine, electric, wind, oar and paddle are welcome. No fees or regulations. More details at WWW.ALLOTSEGO.COM FOND FAREWELL: Three public receptions to say goodbye to President/ CEO Bill Streck are planned Friday, June 13, on the Bassett Hospital veranda, 7:30-9 a.m., noon-1:30p.m., and 4-5:30 p.m. HONOREE ILL: Joe Garagiola, 88, has been advised by doctors not to travel, so he will accept the John Jordan “Buck” O’Neil Lifetime Achievement Award in absentia on Induction Weekend.

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1st Induction Marked Game’s 100th Year, Honored 12 ‘Immortals’ Picked Since ’36 By TOM HEITZ COOPERSTOWN


n Monday, June 12, 1939, the Village of Cooperstown, with its new Hall of Fame, officially became the Home of Baseball, joining with Doubleday Field, established in 1920 as the National Pastime’s Garden of Eden. Under the heading, “100 Years

Old,” a Freeman’s Journal editorial summed up the events of that day: “America’s birthday party for baseball reached a tremendous peak and speeds the greatest of American games toward its second century.” Throngs of people – an estimated 12,000, the newspaper reported – crowded into Main Street to witness the first Induction ceremony. Twelve “immortals” – the term of the Please See 75TH, A7


•11 a.m. – Commemoration on front steps of 25 Main with Hall of Famers Joe Morgan, Cal Ripken, board chair Jane Forbes Clark and President Jeff Idelson •Noon – Share Hall’s 75th Anniversary birthday cake •1 p.m. – First Induction attendees Homer Osterhoudt, Howard Talbot, Catherine Walker remember original ceremony

►Friday, June 13

•11 a.m. – “Babe Ruth: His Life & Legend” exhibit opens •11:30 a.m. – Get your photo taken with images of Class of ‘14 members at Google Culture Institute Photo Booth •Noon – Babe Ruth roundtable •1 p.m. – “Pinstripe Empire” author Marty Appel discusses Ruth •5 p.m. – “Voice of Game” features Morgan, Ripken


Marking 40 Years Of Country Crafts Pat Szarpa Resigns Helm By LIBBY CUDMORE COOPERSTOWN


orty years ago, Judy Curry took a look at her quilted wall hangings and pillows in another outlet and said to herself, “Gee, if only we had our own store….” And now, 40 years of knitting, carving, Jim Kevlin/The Freeman’s Journal soap-making and sewing later, Cooper Country Crafts is inviting former members Judy Curry, right, and Deb Rendo exPlease See CRAFTS, A6 amine Cooper Country Craft items.

Of Cooperstown Chamber By JIM KEVLIN COOPERSTOWN


atricia Szarpa has resigned as executive director of the Cooperstown Chamber of Commerce, effective immediately, it was announced Tuesday, June 10. She

has held the position since April 2012. “I thank the Cooperstown Chamber members and board of directors for Szarpa their support during my tenure,” Szarpa Please See SZARPA, A6




LOCALS Andy LeRoux To Train With National Rowing Team

Andy LeRoux practices rowing in the clear blue waters of Florida’s intercoastal waterways.


t looks like a summer of smooth sailing for Andy LeRoux – or, more specifically, rowing. The former Cooperstown resident and grandson of Fran and John LeRoux has been selected as one of 24 young athletes across the country to attend the US Rowing Team’s summer rowing camp in Seattle. The three-week camp will give him a chance to compete for one of seven spots in the Junior World Champi-

onship in Hamburg, Germany, or a chance to row in competitions in Spain, Nova Scotia or British Columbia. Now 15 and a resident of Venice, Fla., LeRoux started his rowing career during a summer camp at the Clark Sports Center. “I signed him up,” said Fran. “And he’s loved it ever since!” said Fran, He practices six days a week in Florida’s inter-coastal waterways. In

the two years he’s been competing, he’s already won 25 medals and prizes for his rowing, both on the water and on rowing machines. In February, he beat out 111 other rowers at the Southern States Sprint Championships in Melbourne, Fla., rowing the equivalent of 2,000 kilometers on a rowing machine in six minutes, 19 seconds. “I think that’s what got him the invitation,” said Fran. “They see he’s got the power!”

Harmon, Morosko NAMED Cooperstown high school Scholar Athletes Joseph Harmon, football and SJ Morosko, basketball, were named as Cooperstown High School’s Section III Scholar Athletes. With them, from left, are Connie Hertzig, track and field coach, and Monica Wolfe, who received the Section III Service Award for teaching DASA courses.

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Danielle Perrino, Cooperstown, jumps Walker at The Farmers’ Museum’s annual Benefit Horse Show Sunday, June 8 at the Iroquois Farm. Danielle placed in five classes. Full results at

Heather Clay, Oneonta, lifted 305 pounds in the dead lift at the Muscles in Motion Power Ball weightlifting event on Saturday, June 7.

ACTION Across Otsego County

As Laney Fulkerson, 4, looks on admiringly, her friend Makenna Frazier, 4, has her face painted by Anthony Wilcox at OWL’s annual Ice Cream Social Sunday, June 8, at the Oneonta Boys & Girls Club. More than 500 youngsters and their parents ate ice cream and partook of games and entertainment.

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Nathan Waterfield, Cherry Valley, organized and also competed in the Northeast qualifier for the national Stihl Lumberjack Contest Saturday, June 7 at Lakefront Park, Cooperstown. Dave Jewett, Pittsford, right, helps him out.

Doctor, Leader, Friend to our community

The Friends of Bassett and staff of Bassett Healthcare Network thank Dr. William Streck for 30 years of service. As President & CEO, he has developed what was once a single hospital in Cooperstown into a health care system that serves eight counties, handles more than 700,000 outpatient visits a year, and employs 4,300 people. Because of Bill Streck, the region is assured the availability of great health care close to home – for generations to come. He has been described as an insightful, visionary, and compassionate leader. We think that’s absolutely right, and we salute his service.

The public is invited to celebrate Dr. Streck’s years of service on Friday, June 13. Receptions will be held on the Bassett Medical Center patio from 7:30 a.m. to 9 a.m.; Noon to 1:30 p.m.; and 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.





County Is Key. It Can’t Retreat From ‘Single Point Of Contact’


et’s go back to the first principle. To compete in the world of economic development, a “single point of contact” is required. No single point of contact, we’re out of the game. “The best economic development group in the world is Singapore,” Dick Sheehy, a top consultant with the nation’s foremost business-placement organization, CH2M Hill, told the “Seward Summit” last Nov. 14 at the Foothills Performing Arts Center. “I know who to call in Singapore,” Sheehy said. This bit of information electrified the splintered local economic-development community. Within two months, state Sen. Jim Seward, R-Milford, had forged a broad-based alliance behind a “single point of contact.” Sandy Mathes, who in Greene County achieved one of the best industrial-recruitment records in the state, was brought aboard by Ian Austin/The Freeman’s Journal the IDA, which committed $3 mil- Angela Bouchard, manning the phones on a temporary basis, is the sole employee left in lion of its resources over the next the county Economic Development Department in Oneonta. three years on the new approach. successful.” Arrivederci! theories: architect of the new order, and We’re headed where we need The IGA’s piece of the puzzle One, the Schwerd committee’s liaison between the county board to go. is the Economic Development said it first must pursue delinquent and the IDA. Does she feel on the • loans, some of which have not outside looking in? Then, out of nowhere, the coun- Office, non-existent but for the been invoiced since 2011. But Three, the gap between the ty Board of Representatives heard able Angela Bouchard answerbusinesspeople will tell you that $170,000 the county estimates it last week that its Intergovernmen- ing the phone. The county EcDev office’s role was to seek and bills more than 120 days overdue paid for economic development tal Affairs Committee is pulling distribute grants – for instance, are tough to collect, much less in recent years, and the $250,000 the county out of that alliance. the money that made the Bresee’s over 1,000 days. Bills, if collectthe IDA is seeking may be too County Board Chair Kathy redevelopment possible – and ible, should be collected, certainly; wide for Kathy Clark to bridge. Clark, R-Otego, said that may had recently taken on micro-enhire a bill collector. But putting In privatizing county tourism and be the short-term reality, but not terprise grants aimed at helping all the energy into a failed past in disposing of MOSA, Kathy the long-term intent. But IGA small businesses. Now, Schwerd’s instead of a promising future is Clark’s shown she’s a tough chair Betty Anne Schwerd made committee had to send thank-you- misplacing priorities. negotiator. But perhaps the gap is it sound pretty final in her “Dear Two, it’s mystifying that Schw- simply tactical. “We can’t have all John” letter to the IDA: “We wish for-your-interest letters. It lacks resources to do more. erd is suddenly dragging her feet. these silos,” Clark said the other you the best in growing Otsego • Before she left Seward’s employ day, suggesting a new splinter County, and have every confiWhy did this happen? Four six weeks ago, she had been an isn’t her preference. dence that your endeavors will be

Four is the call by county Rep. Rick Hulse, R-Otego, an IGA member, for a county strategic plan for economic development. This is good, but the county’s can’t develop it in isolation. Mathes has been putting together a strategy, and Hulse and the IGA should be brought into the loop, along with Mayor Dick Miller’s Oneonta Alliance. Get it done, but together, and don’t hold up progress. • Mathes, for his part, told the IDA board at an energy-filled meeting last week that, with or without county collaboration, there’s more than plenty to do – reviving the broad-band initiative, quickly bringing the Pony Farm Business Park up to “shovel ready” status, and processing multiple applications this month for state CFA and federal CDBG funding. Very exciting. The economic engine’s chugging out of the station. Otsego County’s government can’t want to be left at the Depot of Despond. The bottom line is, the county Board of Representatives should support economic development at the same level it has previously. Preferably more, but certainly no less. And now, not at some unspecified time in the future. There is a difference of opinion of what that figure is. But it should be determined to Kathy Clark’s satisfaction, and she should propose whatever that figure to the full county board. In should be pro-rated for this year, and contained in full in next year’s budget. Now’s not the time to delay. The future prosperity of our languishing county is at stake.


Katz, Miller, Wood: Expand Bed Tax To Aid Cooperstown, Oneonta Editor’s Note: This statement was drafted and signed by Cooperstown Mayor Jeff Katz, Oneonta Mayor Dick Miller, and Oneonta Town Supervisor Bob Wood.

its revenues. The Oneonta the County to redirect a pergovernments have pursued centage of current Bed Tax similar fee increase and grant monies to the municipalities strategies. Still, we struggle that generate it, but, if that to provide such essential isn’t going to happen, perservices as Public Safety, haps an increase in the Bed Public Works and Roads, and Tax, which, at 4 percent is have virtually nothing left to lower than that in almost any invest in long-term strategies other county in New York related to the economy (in State, should occur. (Monroe Jeff Katz Dick Miller Bob Wood County and Albany County this area including tourism) it generates to offset the expense and the benefits that will have a 6 percent tax; Ononcome from such investments in the of maintaining a village that is the daga County has a 5 percent tax). driver of tourism for our region. long term. An increase in the Bed Tax from Cooperstown, as well as the Town 4 to 6 percent, with all the addiThe opportunity exists in and City of Oneonta, would both Otsego County for our governtional 2 percent directed to the lobenefit from a return of Bed Tax ments to come together to take cal municipalities that generate the steps to address this problem. That money that they generate. So revenue, would not diminish the would the towns of Oneonta, opportunity is in the form of a County’s ability to properly fund Hartwick and Milford, and others Bed Tax. For years, Cooperstown the outreach component of tourwithin the County. has urged the County to return ism, while providing local municiIt would be our preference for some of the Bed Tax money that palities with additional resources





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ll Upstate New York governments, including school districts, are faced with the same dilemma: expenses are growing faster than revenues, with little chance to reduce costs without reducing services, and few options for increasing revenues. Cooperstown and Oneonta (City and Town) are examples of such governments continuously confronting this dilemma. The Village of Cooperstown has adopted paid parking and a more aggressive pursuit of grants to increase

to help ensure positive experiences for visitors while they are here. It is unlikely that a county wide increase would result in visitors fleeing to outlying counties, only to spend more money on gas to drive to their Otsego County destination. (An additional 2 percent on a $200 per night room would be $4). With MOSA and Manor challenges resolved, and given the County’s strong financial condition, it would not suffer from redirecting new Bed Tax monies to the local municipalities The condition of a municipality’s roads, streets, the quality of its water, the mowing and cleaning the public areas, and the quality of such support services as recreation programs and public safety are Please See BED TAX, A6

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You Want Hops, We Got (Or Will Have) Hops Editor’s Note: With Otsego County looking to create another Gold Age of Hops Growing, Oneonta’s Mark Kleszczewski sent along this item from Supermarket News.


kyrocketing craft beer sales and increasing demand from drinkers are creating a shortage of a key ingredient: hops. Hops give beer its bitterness, and craft beers use significantly more than commercially made brews, reports The Indianapolis Star. Flavor is king in the beer boom. Ann George, administrator of Washington-based Hop Growers of America, said craft brewers average 1.2 pounds of hops per barrel, compared with just a fifth of a pound for the big brewers. Craft beer sales in 2013 grew by 20 percent over the previous year, according to the Brewers Association, an organization of professional and home brewers. It now accounts for $14.8 billion of the $100 billion beer market.

Due to increased demand, hop prices rose from $1.44 a pound in 2004 to $3.59 a pound in 2013, according to a Hop Growers of America statistic, cited by the Indianapolis Star. Until recently, most hops farmers grew alpha hops, which act as a bittering agent in beer, according to The Seattle Times. Now, however, craft brewers want aroma hops, which give their beer distinctive citrus, floral or earthy flavors. Aroma hops are more sensitive to heat. Some varieties did not thrive in last year’s hot summer in the Pacific Northwest. Increased production would help relieve the shortage, but CBS News reports that it’s not that easy. You’d think farmers would be jumping into hops to meet the demand, but it’s a bit more complicated than that. The initial investment for a hops farm can hit $250,000, The Associated Press reports. And then there’s the wait – the plants need up to five years to hit full production.

U.S. Just Doesn’t Abandon Soldiers To the Editor: I don’t often agree with the Obama Administration, but I do think they got it right in bringing Bowe Bergdahl home. The practice of trading bad guys for good guys has a long and honorable history in diplomatic and military tradition. Whether Bergdahl is guilty of something is not relevant. He is presently a sergeant in the United States Army who was being held by the enemy. The Commander-In-Chief did what he had to do to get him home. That’s exactly what he was supposed to do. We don’t abandoned our soldiers. ROBERT J. POULSON, Jr. Attorney At Law Cooperstown



BOUND VOLUMES Compiled by Tom Heitz with resources courtesy of The New York State Historical Association Library


Important Arrival, New York, June 9: Arrived, this afternoon, the French national brig Olive Branch in 45 days from L’Orient, with dispatches from the new government in France to the French ministry in this country, and the American government. The captain informed us that Bonaparte had taken his departure from Fontainebleau for a small island in the Mediterranean (Elbe); that King Louis was expected in France from England in two or three days, and that a Congress for a general peace was shortly to be assembled in Paris, at which all the crowned heads in Europe, and the American Ambassadors were invited. The Olive Branch has the new national flag displayed at mast head, and the hats of the officers and crew are decorated with the white Cockade. June 16, 1814


We have had now nearly two years of Whig or Federalist sovereignty; and let us ask in all sincerity, what they have gained by it? Has the policy of the general government changed? No, the administration has kept steadily on its way, and has weathered the storm conjured up by the hags of wild speculation. The country is prosperous beyond example; yet none of the schemes for benefitting it, proposed by the Whigs, have been adopted. It is proper then to ask: What has produced the change? It is simply the wise measures of the government. It has checked inordinate speculation, by a steady policy; and in the same proportion in which that has been checked, prosperity has returned. Men have thrown aside the “air blown bubbles” which deceive them, and are now pursuing the true road to prosperity – industry and economy. June 10, 1839


The War News – Lee has gathered in his forces for a stubborn defense of Richmond, and with no prospect of any material aid from the Navy, Gen Grant has no easy task before him. The enemy have strong and extensive works and an immense army behind them. And they doubtless intend to defend their capital to the last. The result is likely, almost certainly, to be in Grant’s favor. We believe he will succeed, but his success will necessarily incur terrible sacrifices. In three days fighting before Richmond our losses foot up 7,500 men killed, wounded and missing. At this rate Gen. Grant will need all the large reinforcements said to be on


est form. The game took place at Doubleday Field before an overflow crowd of 10,000 who came from far and near to witness the proceedings. Two teams called the Wagners and Collinses made up of present-day stars played a seveninning contest which the Wagners won 4 to 2. The greatest cheer from the crowd came in the fifth inning when Babe Ruth, that old Sultan of Swat, came to bat for MacFayden. Everyone was pulling for the Babe to pump one into the stands, but the best the Bambino could do was pop a twotwo pitch up the first base line which Jorgens caught. June 14, 1939


Pamela Moore, a writer and daughter of Mrs. Isobel Moore, author of the controversial novel, “The Sex Cure,” apparently committed suicide Sunday in her apartment at June 14, 1889 1 Clark Street, Brooklyn Heights. The police said Miss Moore, who died of a gunshot wound had been found by their way from the southern and northwestern armies. The her husband, Adam Kanarek, a lawyer. A 22-calibre rifle contest for Richmond bids fair to be prolonged and desperwas found next to the body. Their nine-month-old child, ate. June 10, 1864 Kevin, was in the apartment. In the last four pages of her diary, in a passage intended for an unfinished third novel, police discovered what they believe to be Pamela Moore’s farewell to the world. The author of “Chocolates for BreakThe June meeting of the Board of Trustees abounded in fast” and “The Horsey Set” was 26 years old. matters of interest to the general public. The entire board June 10, 1964 was present at the session which continued from eight o’clock until well along toward 11 o’clock Monday night. Russel Warren presented a petition from the residents of Following $7 million in renovations, the building deLeatherstocking Street asking that their street be omitted signed by Frank P. Whiting of New York City and dedicated when the road oil was applied this year. The petition was in 1930 as the new Alfred Corning Clark Gymnasium” was signed by every property owner and every tenant of the newly dedicated as the Fetzer-Yawkey building on June street and was readily granted by the trustees. Should the 10th during ceremonies celebrating the 50th anniversary of residents of any other street or streets feel that they do not the National Baseball Hall of Fame. The project was named desire that the oil be applied on their street the trustees will for Detriot Tigers’ executive John R. Fetzer and the Boston doubtless be glad to comply with their request. Joe PugRed Sox’ Jean R. Yawkey, both of whom contributed more liese appeared before the board and asked that a sewer be than $1 million to the project. constructed on Grove Street that he might connect and also June 14, 1989 that a sidewalk of either plank or cement be constructed. He was assured that the matter would have the attention of the trustees in the near future. Ellen Poulette’s new grocery store may be off the beaten June 10, 1914 path in more ways than one, but she’s confident shoppers will find Cooperstown Natural Foods to be worth the trouble to find it at 61 Linden Avenue past the entrance to the As a climax to a full day of activities during the CavCooperstown Middle/High School. The store will specialize alcade of Baseball Monday, it was only fitting that there should be a game between Major League stars to exemplify in organic produce and healthy food supplements. June 11, 2004 the manner in which modern baseball is played in its high-





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In 4 Decades, More Than 300 Crafters In Coop Cooperative CRAFTS/From A1 – and the public – to join in celebrating its ruby anniversary on Thursday, June 19. In 1974, Curry and Marion Bronner put an ad in the paper soliciting crafters for a Winter Carnival pop-shop in attorney Lynn Green’s office on Main at Hoffman Lane. Its success led to the opening of first Cooper Country Crafts on Pioneer Patio, where it remained for two and a half years before moving to its Doubleday Court location. After renting for a decade, Judy bought the building, although the business itself is a cooperative. Over 40 years, more than 300 artisans have participated, with 20-25 showing at any one time. “We take one person per item,” she said. “We’ll have one jeweler, one potter, and all we ask is that the items be reasonably priced, well made and that the crafter will work in the store.” And it’s not just work behind the counter. The crafts people paint, install shelving, tend the flowers and fix the plumbing.

In 40 years, tastes in crafts have changed, said Curry. “When I first started here, I was doing a lot of macramé,” she said. “Now, I can’t even find the macramé cord in craft stores!” But the store also started a lot of trends. “We had flavored vinegars right before they got popular,” she said. Silver jewelry and pottery have remained popular, and homemade soaps and lotions, like the ones made by Deborah Bauer of Locust Grove Soap Co., gained such a big following that Bauer was featured in “Woman’s Day” magazine. The anniversary celebration will feature demonstrations from weaver Dawn Helstrom, spinning from Abigail MacEnroe, basket weaving from Claudia Chandler and knitting by Elma DaVinney, who will knit socks on an antique sock-knitting machine. In the evening, the Cooperstown Chamber is sponsoring a membersonly gathering, featuring raffles and tastings from the Cooperstown Distillery.

Szarpa Praised For Role In ‘Think Local First’ SZARPA/From A1 was quoted as saying. “I am now looking forward to pursuing new opportunities.” Ken Meifert, president of the chamber board, thanked Szarpa. “We look forward to continued success for the chamber and will begin a search for a new executive director immediately,” he said, adding, “The board has a plan in place to ensure that the chamber operations continue to be fully supported through the busy summer season.” Szarpa was recruited from the Buffalo area, where she had been executive director of the Western New York Land Conservancy. She has continued to pursue that interest, lecturing on “The Summertime Life of Birds,” for instance, at Woodside Hall. At the time she joined the chamber, her husband Darryl was retiring from M&T Bank, and the couple planned to fulfill a lifelong dream of operating a B&B in Cooperstown. They have since opened Owl’s Landing

Bed & Breakfast on Route 28. Szarpa was the third chamber executive in four years, after the retirement of long-time director Polly Renckens in 2008. With the resignation coming at the start of what is expected to be a banner season, Meifert said the chamber board is committed to shoulder executive responsibility until a replacement is found. “The most important thing is that we get the right person in place to lead the chamber forward,” he said. “We’re going to be careful in that selection. We’re going to ensure we have an energetic leader.” Meifert praised Szarpa for launching the “Think Local

First” campaign in collaboration with the Otsego County Chamber. He also cited “the great work on improving the look and service of the visitors center” at Chestnut and Fowler Lane. Szarpa pointed out that “Think Local First” came directly out of the Cooperstown Chamber, and reflects “two great organizations coming together for the very first time to do anyting together.” As to future issues, she noted that, unlike many chambers, this one is also a visitors center, a double challenge. That said, she continued, “the visitors center is a tremendous part of the organization and a tremendous member benefit. When you’re caring for

economy of which tourism is a center point. All of us in this region contribute to that and benefit from it. Promoting tourism is more than advertising and conducting outreach. It includes the quality of the experience that visitors have here. The condition of our municipal facilities and services is an important part of that. Since we contribute to that ef-

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fort and bear the cost of the presence of tourism here, we should share directly in the revenues it generates. Increasing the Bed Tax and sharing it with municipalities like the City and Town of Oneonta, the Village of Cooperstown, the Towns of Milford and Hartwick and any others that generate the income, would be an important step in strengthening our collective future.

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MLS #94874 Offered at $249,000 3 BD, 1 BA home on over 4 acres. This beautiful home is nestled in a quiet creek-side setting on a dead-end road. Very secluded and park-like. Cooperstown Schools. Eat-in kitchen, gas fireplace, wood flooring, in-ground pool, new paint.

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Coop, Oneonta Leaders Seek Bed Tax BED TAX/From A4 clear factors in the excellence of a visitor’s experience to the Otsego County region. We are sure that the condition of the amenities we provide from a municipal level is something that tourism promoters recognize. All of us in this region should want a stronger, healthier private sector

visitors, you’re caring for members.” As a member of the village Trolley Committee, she also assisted in the privatization of the service, and sought to develop a more productive relationship with the Village of Cooperstown, Town of Otsego and county government.



29 Pioneer Street, Cooperstown, NY


Dave LaDuke, Broker 607-435-2405

Patricia Bensen-Ashley – Licensed Real Estate Broker/Owner

Mike Winslow, Broker 607-435-0183

MLS#89813 Middlefield $269,000 Outstanding views from this well-maintained raised ranch on 17 acres. 4 BRs, 2 baths, and a bright sunny kitchen w/access to large deck. DR w/hardwood floor has a brick fireplace w/wood-burning stove. Detached newer garage has plenty of room for workshop and storage. Privacy plus on this quiet country road located minutes from the Village of Cooperstown. Additional 2.82 acres available for sale. If included with home, asking price is $279,000.

Laura Coleman 607-437-4881 Joe Valette 607-437-5745 John LaDuke 607-547-8551 Madeline K. Woerner 607-434-3697

Milford Village–Cute as a button cottage style home built in 1828 with a 1970s addition. Situated on a corner lot with a deep backyard, under house garage plus workshop area, back deck, and sweet front porch. This well taken care of home offers a parlor, formal dining room with wainscotted walls, kitchen, dining area plus very nice family room addition with bay window, door to the back deck, and attached bath with laundry. Upstairs are three bedrooms, a den or nursery, full bath and lots of cubbies and closets. Systems are updated and house is in move-in condition and fully applianced.





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Priced to Sell at $79,000

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Jack Foster, Sales Agent, 607-547-5304 • Donna Skinner, Associate Broker, 607-547-8288 Christopher Patterson, Sales Agent, 518-774-8175

Home of the Week

Rare opportunity to own end-unit condominium overlooking Otsego Lake. Well maintained 3 BR, 3 bath home. Open floorplan w/soaring ceiling, sliders to deck w/seasonal lake views. Large master suite w/private deck. Room for guests in 2 additional BRs. Exclusive rights to 5-mile Point. Desirable private lake frontage w/pavilion, boat dock, plenty of parking. Cooperstown — $439,000 — MLS#94849

John Mitchell Real Estate

216 Main Street, Cooperstown • 607-547-8551 • 607-547-1029 (fax)

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Everyone Who Was Anyone In Baseball Was Here 75TH/From A1 day – had been voted into the Hall of Fame since its opening in 1936, but this was the first actual Induction. It was planned to coincide with Abner Doubleday’s purported (since discredited) invention of the game in Phinney field – now Doubleday Field – 100 years before. The ceremony began at 12:15 across from the Post Office, where FDR’s famed Postmaster General Jim Farley and a host of postal clerks were selling tens of thousands of postage stamps and first-day covers. The first sheet of stamps to go over the sales counter went to Kenesaw Mountain Landis, commissioner of baseball. On the platform were Judge Landis, the presidents of the American and National Leagues Harridge and Frick, and, locally, Mayor (and newspaper editor) Rowan D. Spraker and Theodore Lettis of the Cooperstown Centennial Corp.

After opening remarks and “fitting salutes to the memory of the pioneers of baseball” – in particular, the first owners – “one of the crowning speeches of the day” was made by Cornelius J. McGillicuddy (Connie Mack) to a “great ovation.” The names of the 12 players elected to the Hall since 1936 were then announced – the first five were Babe Ruth, Ty Cobb, Christy Mathewson, Honus Wagner and Walter Johnson – and “memorial salutes” were given to two who had passed away, Wee Willie Keeler and Mathewson. “Then followed the living immortals, all of whom were present except Ty Cobb, who was delayed on his long trip from California and, in fact, was signing his name to the register of the Cooper Inn at the moment his name was called by Judge Landis,” this newspaper reported. “… As each of the other living immortals was announced, he stepped to the platform from the Hall of

Fame, was greeted by Judge With 10,000 people inside Landis and spoke a few Doubleday Field, the streets words into the microphones. were still crowded with visiEach of the immortals tors. A news reporter wonalso was presented with a dered in print where they miniature of his own bronze all had eaten lunch, for the plaque in the Hall of Fame.” village’s small restaurants After the ceremony, acwere scarcely prepared to tion moved to Doubleday feed such a multitude. But, Field where “The Cavalcade no one seemed to complain, of Baseball” relived the he concluded. game’s first 100 years in Over on River Street, song, dance and orations. Mr. and Mrs. Stephen C. The first “Hall of Fame Clark had entertained more Jim Kevlin/The Freeman’s Journal Game” followed, a tradition than 700 Cooperstown and Homer Osterhoudt holds up a photo he took of that continued until it was Otsego County friends the Babe Ruth at the first Induction 75 years ago discontinued in 2008, “with previous Sunday afternoon Thursday, June 12. The streetscape has changed every seat filled and many from 4:30 to 7 o’clock in significantly since then. more sitting on the grass.” honor of distinguished of trumpeters from New captains and the kings of Eddie Collins, Red Sox visitors. Mr. Clark, whose York City entertained and a baseball have departed, GM, and Honus Wagner wealth, influence and leadcaterer from New York City and Cooperstown awoke chose up sides, picking ership had much to do with served up tables of tasty Tuesday morning with the members from stars of the the founding of the Baseball refreshments. memory of a celebration of game who were present. Hall of Fame, with Mrs. And then it was over. such magnitude as to make Collins picked the Chicago Clark at his elbow, greeted “The tumult and the it all seem a dream. There Cubs’ “Dizzy” Dean to their guests personally at shouting is dead,” The was no dream about it, pitch. Regardless, the Wag- the entrance to the FernFreeman’s Journal reflected however, but a tremendous ners beat the Collinses, 4-2, leigh grounds overlooking in its June 14 edition. “The reality.” inCOB_Central seven innings. the sunken gardens. A band Region Profile Campaign_Freemans Journal _7.434x4” No Bleed BW MEMBER FDIC

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MLS#91076 $119,900 original charm and character! 4 BR farmhouse has attached garage, several outbuildings, nearly 2-acre lot. Move-in condition, super solid structurally. Call Thomas C. Platt @ 607-435-2068 (cell)

MLS#86980 $150,000 solid 4 bR apt over office space or storefront. Home features hardwood floors, spacious rooms, walk-up attic, 2-car attached garage, 4-bay detached garage. Call Thomas C. Platt @ 607-435-2068 (cell)

MLS#93743 $165,000 Custom-built Ranch on 1 acre, 3 BRs, 2½ baths, garage, open kitchen, LR/DR, family room w/fireplace. Full lower level, attached 2-car garage, front porch. Call Pamela V. Andela @ 315-717-1907 (cell)

MLS#94272 $159,900 below Market Price! 3-BR, 2-bath updated Oneonta home. Open floorplan LR/DR and huge kitchen. 2-car garage w/electric. Gorgeous yard w/stone patio, deck. Call Lynn Lesperence @ 607-434-1061 (cell)


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MLS#92555 $119,900 seLLeR wILL Pay $2,000 towaRds buyeR’s CLosING Costs! 3 BRs, 2 full baths Ranch on 8+ acres Call Donna A. Anderson @ 607-267-3232 Virtual tour:

MLS#94586 $99,950 15+ level acres of Catskill land w/amazing views! Surveyed and engineered. Existing well and spring. Call Lynn Lesperence @ 607-434-1061 (cell) Virtual Tour:

MLS#90235 $124,999 solid Cape Cod! 3-4 BRs, 1½ bath in nice villgae setting. Large lot w/shed. Only 6 miles to Oneonta. Call Carol A Olsen @ 607-434-7436 (cell) MLS#93225 $86,000 Adam Karns 607-244-9633 (cell) MLS#91517 $749,000 breathtaking! Queen Anne Victorian in the heart of Cooperstown. Tastefully 5 BRs, 4 baths. Spacious 4 BR, 2 bath house isrenovated close to I-88. Large Call Kristi workshop/garage, J. Ough @ 607-434-3026 (cell)Make your backyard, small shed. Virtual tour: appointment today. Priced to go this week! Virtual Tour:

MLS#94594 $265,000 tranquility awaits! Secluded 3 BR, 2 bath home w/cathedral ceiling, hardwood floors and stone fireplace on 30.98 acres. Large barn/garage, pond. Call Pamela V. Andela @ 315-717-1907 (cell)

MLS#90624 $495,000 Prime Location on the busy Southside corridor. This quickly growing area is full of opportunity. Call today! Call Linda B. Wheeler @ 607-434-2125 (cell) or Sharon P. Teator @ 607-267-2681 (cell)

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MLS#94793 $259,999 Great Investment! Mobile home park w/6 sites all owned by park owner. Rents range from $750 - $550. Each rental has its own septic. New water lines. Call Donna A. Anderson @ 607-267-3232 (cell)


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MLS#92041 $334,999 Price below assessed value! 2 homes for the price of 1! Farmhouse and guest house w/good rental history. Call Donna A. Anderson 607-267-3232 (cell) Virtual tour:

MLS#90733 $299,500 Must sell! 138 acres, 10 minutes to Cooperstown.Trout stream, views, orchards, timber, 2000’ frontage. Call Lynn Lesperence @ 607-434-1061 (cell) Virtual tour:

MLS#94032 $179,900 Wonderful property in Milford has 1,664 sq ft modular on 6 acres. 3 BRs, 2 baths, family rm w/wood-burning fireplace, deck w/wonderful views. Dry basement. Call Frank Woodcock @ 607-435-1389 (cell)

MLS#90345 $131,000 3 BR, 2 bath house w/farm charm. Wood-burning fireplace w/insert. Large yard, garage, great barn. Call Adam Karns @ 607-244-9633 (cell) Virtual Tour:

MLS#93933 $269,500 Great Rental Investment! 8 units in 3 buildings in Unadilla. Numerous major updates completed, all new septic. Plenty of parking in garage and off-street. Call Bill Vagliardo @ 607-287-8568 (cell)

MLS#94076 $169,900 opportunity Knocks! 4-unit Cooperstown apt house is close to grocery store and school. Each unit has 1 BR, LR, kitchen, bath. Large backyard, off-street parking. Call Kristi J. Ough @ 607-434-3026 (cell)

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MLS#93729 $114,900 Across from Hartwick College in Oneonta. 3 BRs, 2 baths, hardwood floors, deck. Call Suzanne Darling @ 607-563-7012 (cell) Virtual Tour:

MLS#93448 $99,000 outstanding Price! This beautiful Unadilla home has 4 BRs, 1½ baths. Immaculate home with many updates. Call Carol A Olsen @ 607-434-7436 (cell)

MLS#94608 $67,000 affordable! This home is high and dry in the Village of Sidney. 2 BRs, 1½ baths, attached garage. Fireplace, workshop, 1-floor living. Call Carol A Olsen @ 607-434-7436 (cell)

MLS#93140 $219,000 James Vrooman 603-247-0506 (cell) MLS#94539 $210,500 2009 home in Davenport, minutes to Oneonta. 3 BRs, 2 baths, on 7acres. Security system, open floorplan. Cooperstown Seller pays closing Call Suzanne Village Darlinghome. @ 607-563-7012 (cell) costs (up to $3,000 w/acceptable offer). Virtual Tour:

$219,900 MLS#94601 PRICED REDUCED! Newly renovated cottage with a lake view! 2 Bedroom home with new Kitchen, Bath, Flooring, Well, Hot Water Heater, Roof, Windows, and Siding. Lake access for fishing, swimming, canoeing or just floating on a hot summer day. Live here year round or make it your summer retreat. MAKE US AN OFFER TODAY!

Privacy, 3+ Acres and Oneonta Schools!

Lizabeth Rose

Lovely wooded setting surrounds this very spacious ranch. Features include huge LR w/wood-burning fireplace, new windows, and newly painted eat-in kitchen w/loads of counter and cupboard space. New pellet stove in family room will give plenty of heat. Large master BR w/new sliding doors and attached full bath. Sliders from BR lead to very private yard and also offer natural lighting. Master bath and second full bath have been totally redone and show beautifully. Attached garage and newer 2-car detached garage w/covered spot for storing firewood. Huge basement offers lots of storage plus laundry area. Attached garage or basement can easily be finished for more living space. Nicely landscaped, w/loads of perennials and trails for nature walks.


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Tammy Segar

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Peter D. Clark

$48,900 MLS#93588



Location! Location! Location!

Unique property right in the hamlet of Fly Creek is a short walk to the General Store and restaurants. This 1840 classic post-and-beam home has great potential. Totally liveable during renovation, there are 4 BRs, 1 bath, eat-in kitchen, DR and double LR. Detached 2-car garage, paved driveway, spacious lawn, and over 200' on Rte 26, the main street in Fly Creek. In this unique country setting, the land slopes down to and over the creek, . The current owners have lovingly maintained the family home. All mechanicals are in working order.

607-547-5740•607-547-6000 (fax) 157 Main Street Cooperstown, NY 13326

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Artful Home on 3.5 Acres

(7874) Superbly kept 3 BR, 2+ bath Cape features LR w/vaulted ceiling and gas fireplace, den/office, main-level master BR, formal DR, eat-in kitchen. Sunroom w/skylights, radiant-floor heat, thermal glass. 2-car garage, wraparound deck. Cooperstown Schools. Hubbell’s Exclusive—$479,000

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(7861) Pristine 3 BR, 3+ bath home on 6+ acres w/views. Spacious LR w/ fireplace, study/library, rec/game room, home theater, finished attic. Cherry flooring, custom kitchen, formal DR, master BR w/steam shower, new deck, screened porch. Cooperstown Schools. Hubbell’s Exclusive—$749,000

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(7589) Superbly kept 3 BR home has many extras: formal DR, hardwood flooring, modern kitchen, garage, rocking-chair front porch. Near shops, lake, and golf course. Will capture your fancy! Cooperstown Schools. Hubbell’s Exclusive—$259,000

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A circular driveway leads you to this unique property. Once a church, it has been remodeled to create an open living area on the first level. There is a full bath on this floor. The kitchen and dining area overlook the family area with a third-floor loft bedroom and bath. Hardwood floors, propane heat. This home is a great buy only 20 minutes from Cooperstown. Call to visit this unusual and imaginative home. It is ready for immediate occupancy!

Exclusively offered at $179,000


For Appointment Only Call: M. Margaret Savoie, Real Estate Broker/Owner – 547-5334 Marion King, Associate Real Estate Broker – 547-5332 Eric Hill, Associate Real Estate Broker – 547-5557 Don DuBois, Associate Real Estate Broker – 547-5105 Tim Donahue, Associate Real Estate Broker – 293-8874 Madeline Sansevere, Real Estate Salesperson – 435-4311 Cathy Raddatz, Real Estate Salesperson – 547-8958 Jacqueline Savoie, Real Estate Salesperson – 547-4141 Michael Welch, Real Estate Salesperson – 547-8502

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