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Russ Bachman, foreground, will be interim county treasurer during Dan Crowell’s deployment.

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Cooperstown Bat’s Connie Haney said Dreams Park has made Induction Weekend shoppers less essential to a successful summer.



Army Summons County Treasurer To Fort Benning COOPERSTOWN


ounty Treasurer Dan Crowell, an Army Reserve captain, has been called up for six months of active duty, reporting Jan. 30 to Fort Benning, Georgia. Russ Bachman, former Otsego Manor fiscal manager who ran for county treasurer in 2005, will serve as acting treasurer in Crowell’s absence. Crowell, who is up for reelection in November, said his duties will be training oriented, and he does not expect to be deployed to Afghanistan. PROFITS UP: USNY Bank – parent of the Bank of Cooperstown (as well as Bank of the Finger Lakes) – has announced a profits were up 50 percent in 2012 over the year before, and up 40 percent in the last quarter. The corresponding numbers were $1,954,347 for the year and $457,822 for the quarter. YEAR ‘ROUND: Cooperstown Farmers’ Market is now open every Saturday, year ‘round.

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espite the shutout, Cooperstown Bat Co. co-owner Connie Haney is anticipating a slightly better Induction Weekend. “Our best days are Friday and Saturday,” said Haney, interviewed after the news that the Baseball Writers of America had nominated no one this year. “But if no one’s going to be rushing up The steroids scandal hits home, says to get the best seats at the Induction ceremony Please See MERCHANTS, A3 multi-store owner Rich Busse.


County Anti-Frackers Send 3,000 Comments By JIM KEVLIN

QUILTS SOUGHT: Drop off entries, no more than two per person, for the Fenimore Quilt Club 2013 Show at 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 26, at the Cooperstown Art Association, 22 Main.

he man who devised the successful Cooperstown Classic when the Hall of Fame Game’s demise left a gap is turning his mind to the challenge at hand: How to enliven an Induction Weekend that lacks inductees. “We’re still staging and thinking,” said Hall President Jeff Idelson in an interview two days after he announced the Baseball Please See SHUTOUT, A3



ocal anti-fracking activists sent – “conservatively” – 3,000 letters objecting to the DEC’s proposed regulations by the Friday, Jan. 11, deadline, according to Otsego 2000 Executive Director

Ellen Pope. Statewide, 205,000 comments were submitted, Pope said, noting “there were just so many issues that were deficient in the regs.” A DEC decision on the regulations is due by Wednesday, Feb. 27. To act then, however, the SGEIS – supplemental generic environmental Please See DEC, A5


acking fresh BBWAA inductees, the Hall of Fame’s Induction Sunday, July 29, will pay tribute to 12 players – most notably, Lou Gehrig (1939) and Rogers Hornsby (1942) – who weren’t recognized at the time due to World War II restrictions. Umpire Hank O’Day, former Yankees owner Jacob Ruppert and 19th century standout Deacon White, nominated by the Pre-Integration Committee, will also be honored.

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Trustee Capozza Won’t Run Again

he father of Habitudes, Cooperstown Central School’s character-development program, will be spending Thursday, Jan. 24, at CCS, meeting with students, parents and the public. Tim Elmore, founder/president of Atlanta-based Growing Leaders and author of several books on the Habitudes approach, will address a community forum 6:30-7:30 p.m. at Sterling Auditorium. Earlier in the day, he will be meeting with students and athletes.



emocrats will caucus at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 29, in the fire hall to fill three vacancies on the Village Board, and Village Chair Richie Abbate said he has “three possibilities” for consideration. One-year Trustee Frank Capozza confirmed

Tuesday, Jan. 15, that he won’t be running again. His explanation: “family.” His daughter Allison has moved back to town, and son Dan is en route back from deployment in Afghanistan. Two other members of the all-Democratic board, Lynne Mebust and Walter Franck, had said earlier they won’t be running.


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A-2 THE FREEMAN’S JOURNAL SULLIVAN HONORED: Erin E. Sullivan, daughter of Barbara and John Sullivan of Cooperstown, has been named to the Dean’s List at Hamilton College for the 2012 fall semester. TURNER ON LIST: Scott Turner of Edmeston, an English & Creative Writing major, is on the Dean’s List at SUNY Potsdam for the fall semester.



Gary Kuch New Director Of Clark Foundation Scholarship Program COOPERSTOWN


ary M. Kuch, former CCS high school principal and retired Worcester Central School superintendent, has been named director of The Clark Scholarship Foundation Program.

“His extensive school administrative experience, at the highest of levels, and his knowledge of the region and its students will be of tremendous benefit as he manages the work of one of our most important programs,” said Jane Forbes Clark, The Clark Foundation president,




in announcing the appointment Thursday, Jan. 10. Kuch, who is currently Otsego town justice and Cooperstown village justice, succeeds Peter Severud, who is retiring after nine years. The appointment is effective Feb. 4. As noted in the announcement, over the years Kuch was school psychologist, then an administrator, at Milford Central School, then worked for BOCES. He has served as

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Cooperstown fire chief and village trustee, and Otsego Town Board member. He received a B.A. in Gary Kuch psychology from Skidmore College, where he met his future wife, Ellen Tillapaugh Kuch, now a village trustee. The couple has two daughters. His M.A.

in school psychology is from SUNY Alfred, and his school district administrator certificate is from SUNY Cortland. The Clark scholarship program is one of the largest of its kind in the country. During 2012, 186 new students received $698,700 in scholarships, and 886 students are currently in the program. Since its founding in 1961, more than 10,000 students have received $80 million in scholarships.


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he 400 guests who attended “All You Need is Love,” the Friends of Bassett’s sold-out 2012 New Year’s Eve Gala at The Otesaga, helped raise $225,000, the Friends announced today. The money goes to the Partnership for Nursing Opportunities, which gives Bassett employees the chance to earn an A.A.S. or B.S. in nursing at no cost.

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Brian U. Stratton, left, director of the state Canal Corp., confers with County/Village Democratic Chair Richie Abbate during the Tuesday, Jan. 15, Rotary meeting at The Otesaga. Stratton was with a contingent of Cuomo Administration officials who detailed the governor’s State of the State speech for the gathering. He is a son of Sam Stratton, the longtime congressman who represented parts of Otsego County between 1960 and 1970.




Undeterred By ’ 13, Community Leaders Bullish About ’14 Merchants: SHUTOUT/From A1 Writers of America had nominated no Hall of Plaque inductee for 2013. “The planning and development isn’t that far along yet.” There’s more to come, he promised. In three dozen interviews with national media that followed word of the BBWAA’s Wednesday, Jan. 9, decision, Pat Szarpa, Cooperstown Chamber of Commerce executive director, delivered an upbeat message: “We are still having the induction. We are still having wonderful festivities.” And Barbara Ann Heegan, Otsego County Chamber executive director, said that chamber’s Destination Otsego Committee, chaired by Holiday Inn Southside manager Paul Lawrence, stands ready to collaborate in intensified efforts to bring people here this summer. “The thing I’ve heard from merchants is a great induction really makes the summer better,” said Mayor Jeff Katz. “But induction itself is a single weekend out of a three-month period. It isn’t really a make or break.” Sales-tax receipts partly

support that, said county Treasurer Dan Crowell. “June and July mirror each other,” he said, although that’s Idelson an imperfect weekend-toweekend measure, since sales-tax revenues bump up in August, when tax payments for the three summer months come due. Living inductees or not, “the Hall does a really nice job of packaging themselves,” said Katz. I’m sure they’re going to rise to the challenge.” For her part, county Tourism Director Deb Taylor said she’s already planning to shift advertising dollars from the Capitol Region – already well-covered by the Clark entities – to Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, relatively untapped. She is rolling out a mobile app this year, beefing up print advertising in the Weston Magazine Group that circles New York City, adding TV presence in Syracuse and other Upstate metropolises, and looking at “hyper local” advertising to lure Dreams Park families into the community at large.

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“As a destination-marketing organization, we have to be sensitive to everybody’s needs,” said Taylor, who Katz planned to solicit contributions at her annual Tourism Summit Wednesday, Jan. 16, at Templeton Hall. “But the Hall of Fame is our driver. If we don’t have people going to the Hall of Fame, they aren’t shopping, they aren’t dining. It’s of grave concern.” All that discussion was set in motion the afternoon of Jan. 9 when Idelson, on the podium at the Waldorf Astoria in New York City, tore open the envelope and announced the shutout of the greatest stars of the steroids era: Barry Bonds obtained only 36.2 percent of the votes (75 percent is required) and Roger Clemens, only 37.6 percent. Steroids-tainted players from past years, Sammy Sosa (12.5) and Mark McGwire (16.9) among them, saw their chances dwindle even further. It was the first time since 1996 the BBWAA failed to nominate anyone, said Hall

spokesman Craig Muder, and the first time since 1965 that no living inductee will be on the stand at Clark Sports Center next Sunday, July 29. Muder said 50 Hall of Famers are still expected to be here Induction Weekend. They’ll be housed at The Otesaga, participate in a tournament at the Leatherstocking Golf Course, sign autographs on Main Street and ride in the Parade of Legends before adoring fans. None of those community leaders interviewed in the days that followed regretted the BBWAA’s decision to exclude all ballplayers on the eligibility list who have been linked to steroids or PED usage. If anything, the clean break with the steroids era will only be good for the game, they said. Despite some calls for a review of the BBWAA voting criteria, “we’re very comfortable in leaving it to the writers,” said Idelson; either he or Brad Horne, Hall director of communications, attend all BBWAA meetings. “They’ve been very diligent in determining every candidate they elect belongs in Cooperstown.”

Said Katz, “This was a tricky year, and everybody knew it was going to be a tricky year.” Despite – or perhaps because – of the challenges of 2013, everyone is expecting great things from 2014, when the Hall of Fame celebrates its 75th anniversary. Not only that, but it promises to be a banner year, with Greg Maddux, the first pitcher to win the Cy Young Award four years in a row. In the 1990s, he was credited with a record 176 wins; second was Tom Glavine (164), a fellow pitcher and Atlanta Brave who is also eligible for induction for the first time. Frank Thomas, another firsttimer, is a strong anti-steroids proponent. The year after that, the indominable Randy Johnson is eligible, plus Ken Griffey Jr. and Pedro Martinez. “There’s a lot of reason to believe we’re going in the right direction,” said Idelson. Said Katz, with pride of place: “It is still the Baseball Hall of Fame. It is still bigger and better than any other hall of fame in the world. And that’s got to be a good place to be.”

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There’s No Cheating In Baseball – And We Can Be Proud

few weeks ago, you may have heard eminent sportswriter Frank Deford on WAMC asking himself which American sport was most threatened with decline. You may have braced yourself to hear: “baseball.” But Deford surprised by declaring: “football” – the liability from concussionrelated brain damage is only now becoming clear. Pro football is killing its players, and that’s going to be hugely expensive to resolve. And reforms to diminish dangers in the future may very well change football as we know it. By contrast, baseball, increasingly over the past few years, has been sacrificing short-term adrenalin for long-term vigor. The Baseball Writers Association of America’s emphatic decision to exclude the “Steroid Stars” from the Hall of Plaques is part of that baseball-wide investment in the future of the game. For if Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens – it is argued that they were Hall of Fame shoo-ins even before

PED sent their stats into the stratosphere – can’t get into the hallowed hall, then no player with a steroidstainted reputation can. • Bud Selig may have been slow to come around to an anti-steroids stance, but he’s now fully on deck. The National Baseball Hall of Fame was careful not to get ahead of public opinion, but it’s on the offensive now, most evident in recent months with its BASE (Be A Superior Example) program, taking the anti-steroids fight into the nation’s high schools. The baseball writers’ vote, announced Wednesday, Jan. 9, underscored the BBWAA’s tough stance of recent years: No pasaran. And if that announcement left any doubt that baseball’s steroids era is over, it disappeared the next day, when Major League Baseball and the players association announced players will be tested throughout the season, not just at the beginning. And the World Anti-Doping Agency lab in Quebec will keep a portfolio

(planned Memorial Day Weekend this year). In effect, the Classic has created a secondary hightraffic weekend for Main Street retailers – and for Cooperstown-Oneonta hotel/restaurant business. By spreading the wealth as it has, the Game’s demise diminished the economic damage from the BBWAA’s decision to admit no one to the Hall of Plaques this coming July. Besides, Hall of Famers will still flock to town to sign autographs From the video and bask in fans’ adulation Hall of Fame President Jeff Idelson opens the during the Parade of Legenvelope to announce the news the BBWAA had ends. Plus, the 1:30 p.m. selected no one for induction this year. If you outdoor ceremony Sunday, wonder how he can maintain such calm: He had been briefed in advance. July 29, at the Clark Sports Center, will honor players on every player to ensure events in context. But as like Lou Gehrig and Roger the regimen is enforced. time goes by, things that Selig declared, “This is may have seemed disastrous Hornsby, who missed the ceremony due to World War a proud and a great day for at the time can take on a II, and others. There will baseball. We’ll continue to softer cast. even be one living honoree: be a leader in this field and The end of the venerPhiladelphia Daily News do what we have to do.” able Hall of Fame Game in baseball writer Paul Hagen, In this world of slack 2008 was one such event, who will receive the Taylor practice and self-justificabemoaned locally for the Spink Award the afternoon tion of just about anything, damage it would do to before in Doubleday Field. the good guys won. Cooperstown’s foremost It won’t be a Cal Ripken • retail weekend of the year. Jr. blowout, but there will You can’t judge history It was replaced the be celebration aplenty. that hasn’t happened, try following year with the • as we might to put today’s Cooperstown Classic WHAT OTHERS SAY

‘citizen voices’ speak

More Manufacturing Can Help Ease Burden Of Debt Editor’s Note: This is the eighth of 10 position papers that Citizen Voices, the business group headed by Oneonta businessmen Bob Harlem and Tom Armao, has prepared for publication. We welcome these articles, and welcome any ensuing debate. To participate, e-mail Letters to the Editor to


ccording to op-ed columnist David Brooks in an article published Jan. 1, “Public debt as a percentage of gross domestic product was around 38 percent in 1965. It is around 74 percent now (over $16 trillion). Debt could approach a ruinous 90 percent of GDP in a decade and a cataclysmic 247 percent of GDP 30 years from now, according to the Congressional Budget Office and JPMorgan. “By 2025, entitlement spending and debt payments are projected to suck up all federal revenue. Obligations to the elderly are already squeezing programs for the young and the needy. Those obligations will lead to gigantic living standard declines for future

generations. According to the International Monetary Fund, meeting America’s long-term obligations will require an immediate and permanent 35 percent increase in all taxes and a 35 percent cut in all benefits. “So except for a few rabid debt-deniers, almost everybody agrees we have to do something fundamental to preserve these programs. The problem is that politicians have never found a politically possible way to begin. Every time they tried to reduce debt, they ended up borrowing more and making everything worse.” According to a recent report from state’s Comptroller Tom DiNapoli, “New York State’s heavy debt burden could jeopardize Please See VOICES, A7 •F






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That said, there’s perhaps no Hall of Fame Weekend of more significance than the upcoming one: Baseball – the owners, the players, the Hall of Fame, the whole establishment, plus many fans – has declared: There’s no cheating in baseball. Did you hear the story about that Little League player in Connecticut? He was small but scrappy, winning him the nickname, Sosa. “Sosa, Sosa, Sosa” the crowd would chant as the proud lad ran the bases. Then the news broke in 2003: Sammy Sosa had tested positive for steroids. When his teammates call out to him, the boy burst into tears. “Sosa” had become a nickname of disgrace. Sure, not everyone in the Hall of Plaques is a saint. But baseball has reestablished itself on a firm foundation of fair play, honor, discipline. It’s a game boys and girls can play proudly. Short term, it’s been painful. But the future of baseball – and the Cooperstown region, which depends on its reputation – is bright.

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‘The Most Resounding Referendum Yet’ & ‘Bummer’


arry Bonds and Roger Clemens were not voted into the Baseball Hall of Fame on Wednesday. The rejection was hardly surprising but is still a stunning thing. Two of baseball’s all-time best – Bonds, the home-run king, and Clemens, the pitcher with the most Cy Young awards – were shunned by baseball writers in what Tyler Kepner of The Times called “the most resounding referendum yet on the legacy of steroids in baseball.” ...The harm done to baseball by steroids was more than statistical. Think of the clean players whose excellence was unfairly dimmed by the bulkedup competition. The journeymen and minor-leaguers who risked and ruined their health to play at the impossible level set by cheaters. Or players whose otherwise clean reputations are stained by innuendo, like Mike Piazza, the former Mets catcher, who also failed in this year’s ballot and feels robbed. It will take a while for baseball to escape the shadow of the steroid era. The transition will be faster if that taint is kept out of the Hall of Fame. The New York Times


et it’s wrong to act as if these players never existed; to act as if their feats never occurred; as if Major League Baseball didn’t suspect drug use for years before doing something about it; as if sportswriters, some of whom got as close to ballplayers as family members, didn’t know

why they were getting stronger; as if fans didn’t like seeing an explosion of home runs; or as if team owners didn’t like the cash they were raking in because the fans liked what they were seeing. The “steroids era” appears to be over, which doesn’t mean the drugs no longer exist in baseball, but the league is no longer winking an eye. It is testing players, and those caught are being suspended and banned for multiple violations. Baseball has moved on in every way except its treatment of known and suspected violators of the steroid ban it eventually imposed who have become eligible for entry into the Hall of Fame. Philadelphia Inquirer


or only the eighth time, no player was elected. Bummer. Our gripe isn’t with the writers who collectively set the bar for entry into baseball’s shrine. Stars who cheated should be excluded. It’s galling enough to have to see their performance records on the books. But we’re just disappointed when a momentous honor is in play and the winner is … nobody. Chicago Tribune


t would be the height of hypocrisy for baseball to honor its biggest cheats at the same time Selig and baseball owners are claiming to be doing everything they can to clean up the game. Think of the damage it could

do to America’s youth, who are under increasing pressure to perform in high school and club sports. Putting Bonds in the Hall would erase all the antidrug lessons aimed at kids. The Baseball Writers Association of America understands what the commissioners and owners should have realized long ago. Keeping Bonds, Clemens, Sosa and McGwire out of the Hall of Fame is the best way for professional baseball to discourage the use of steroids and begin to reverse its image as a contest of pharmaceuticals rather than skill. San Jose Mercury News


he bottom line is many of these players were not as good as their historic records indicate. Their questionable achievements – many coming later in their careers when the skills of most players diminish – are a slap in the face to the players whose cherished records they broke. Stealing signs, gambling and tossing spitballs are not the same as taking a PED – especially when it comes to the integrity of a sport’s history. Those who think players of the socalled “steroids era” were really better than players before them and since – and if you want such players in the HOF how could you think otherwise? – are playing fantasy baseball. Perhaps the HOF should open such a wing for the “steroid era” – the fantasy baseball wing. Amarillo (Texas) Globe-News


Flickering, Noise From Windmills Make Life Intolerable To the Editor: My roots are from the Cooperstown and Cherry Valley area and my wife, Alma Cooke, owns Cooke’s Village House on Pioneer Street in Cooperstown. We live in Saginaw, Mich., and not far from us are windmills that have totally destroyed the beauty of the farm land community in our area. The windmills are ugly in appearance and have made the farmland that was once beautiful the most unpleasant sight to see. It is as if you are living on a different planet.

One of our son’s friends lives in the windmill area. During the day when the sun is out, the rotation of the blades causes a blinking effect through the windows of the house from the rotating shade of the blades that affects the whole family. In addition to sound effects from the blades, my son’s friend is experiencing headaches from this constant intrusion of blinking light and shadows that are having a negative effect on him and his whole family. Who in their right mind would buy his home at any

price because of the windmill effect? Both the windmills and the parking meters will severely damage the unique historic and visual aspects that make Cooperstown the great community that it is. The money necessary for town improvements can be raised by having a community foundation and/or endowment fund for community development and projects that are important to all of us who care. Congratulations on your leadership and interest in keeping The Freeman’s

Journal, Cooperstown’s newspaper, going for 205 years for all of us to enjoy. I look forward to many additional years of publication and wish the best for you in 2013. CHARLES E. COOKE Consulting Service Saginaw, Mich. p.s. I would be most pleased to meet with community leaders to present how a community development fund could help meet future improvements and keep the area preserved for all of us who appreciate the historic and family connections.




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


A Law Relative to the Streets – Be it ordained by the Trustees of the Village of Cooperstown, that one-fifth part of the street on each side thereof, be appropriated for sidewalks and that no person shall lay, deposit, or leave any wood, timber, wagon, cart, sleigh, wheelbarrow, or other obstruction whatever, in or upon the said sidewalks, under the penalty of twenty-five cents for every offence, and the further sum of twenty-five cents for every twentyfour hours the said obstruction shall be there after suffered to remain on the same. And, be it further ordained, that no person shall drive any wagon, cart, sleigh or sled, or ride on horseback on any of the said sidewalks, under the penalty of twenty-five cents for every offence. January 16, 1813



Plans for a new educational wing for Cooperstown’s First Presbyterian Church were approved by a large majority at the annual congregational meeting of the church held last Wednesday evening in the Presbyterian Chapel. The single story structure, designed by the Myron A. Jordan architecture firm in Richfield Springs, would occupy the site on Church Street of the present “Church House” east of the manse. Members of the congregation suggested a number of small alterations of the plans, but gave their approval to the basic plan and authorized the building committee to proceed with raising a capital fund to meet the projected $90,000 cost. The 94 feet by 64 feet addition will house 12 new classrooms, including a crib room, two nurseries, and Kindergarten, primary, junior, junior high and senior high rooms. George H. Harrison is chair of the building committee. (Ed. Note: The structure was never built) January 16, 1963


Common Schools – The increased attention which is being paid to the improvement of our common schools, cannot but be viewed, by the patriot, with no common gratification and delight. That they need improvement is conceded by all; and that one of the most simple and efficacious methods of promoting and perpetuating that improvement would be to secure to them the services of competent teachers, is so obvious as not to admit of a doubt. The great difficulty – as those most conversant with the subject well know – is, not that good teachers are not to be found, but that proper methods are not used to secure their services. In part, this is owing to the extremely low rate of wages, which is generally accorded to them. But the most essential difficulty consists in the fact, that there is no suitable tribunal, to ascertain and determine their competency. January 15, 1838


The Italians who come to this country – many of them by the coal and railroad companies – furnish a large number of the worst class of criminals. They are a very undesirable addition to our population. At Dover, N.H., Mrs. Mary E.G.H. Dow, a wealthy resident and a leading advocate of woman’s rights, was elected president of the street railway company and her husband was elected treasurer. She is the first woman ever chosen to such a position. Would it not have been more discreet for her to have taken the treasureship? January 20, 1888


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From The Richfield Springs Mercury section of The Freeman’s Journal – “Chamber of Commerce Meets” January 16, 1863 by Ruth Redjives – A breakfast meeting of the Richfield in Cooperstown to take advantage of the electric power cur- Springs Chamber of Commerce met at the Tally-Ho on Thursday, January 14 at 8 a.m. Sixteen members attended in rent to be furnished by the Clinton Mills Power Company. spite of the minus 20 degree temperatures. Veronica McA representative was in Cooperstown last week and he secured our order for a full equipment of electric motors. The Coy presided and Lona Smith substituted as secretary for Mildred Dibble who is hospitalized at MIB Hospital. The first of these, the motor to drive the main shafting of the dates for the Winter Carnival have been set for January 28 printing plant will be in operation within a week. This will do away with all forms of gas and gasoline engines and will through 31. Theresa Vertucci reported that the committee be much more sanitary, safe and economical to operate. The for the Summer Concert Series has received a grant from the Upper Catskill Community Council of the Arts to cover mere turning of a switch puts the entire mechanical forces one of the concerts. Mrs. McCoy reported that the Santa of the plant into operation. January 15, 1913 Anonymous did a great job this year. January 20, 1988


Perfect weather conditions marked the opening of a Winter Sports program in Cooperstown over the weekend. Plenty of snow, perfect ice and a crisp, clear atmosphere gave a tremendous zest to the out-of-doors and brought visitors from other communities. The premier events were the initiation of the new ski tow on the ski run operated on the county property at Bowerstown under the auspices of the Chamber of Commerce, and the first skating party arranged by Len Rayner at the Cooper Inn rinks. There was also fine skating at the community rink at the entrance of Doubleday Field, and a well-patronized winter hike under the leadership of “Cap” George N. Smith, veteran exponent of winter sports in this community. January 19, 1938


Mark it down as a 53-47 Redskins’ victory on the road, but put the word “ugly” in the footnotes. The Hamilton Emerald Knights threw a scare into the undefeated and state-ranked Cooperstown boys’ basketball squad on January 14 with a fourth quarter comeback bid that might have succeeded had Cooperstown not regained its composure in the last minute. The Redskins led 25-24 at halftime and held Hamilton to just eight points in the third period while building a 47-32 lead with eight minutes left. Hamilton came storming back in the fourth period, however, to pull within four points at 51-47. January 17, 2003

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Fracking Foes Mail Out 3,000 Letters To State DEC/From A1 impact statement – must be issued by Wednesday, Feb. 13, she said. To maximize the impact of local voices, anti-fracking advocates Lou Allstadt of Cooperstown and Keith Schue of Schenevus drafted 34 different letters, according to Pope. Ron Bishop, the SUNY Oneonta instructor, wrote one that dealt specifically with disposal of fracking waste. An initial planning session featuring Helen Slottje, the Ithaca lawyer, was Dec. 19 at Templeton Hall, and at that time 75 thumb drives containing drafts of 20 of the letters were distributed. Attendees then adapted the drafts, often using the most technical paragraphs and adding their personal views, some at “comment-writing parties” Otsego 2000 hosted the first week in January in Norwich, Oxford, Gilbertsville, Cherry Valley and Middlefield. “Toxic waste was a big concern,” said Pope, “whether the disposal, accidental spills or the tracking of spills.” Health effects, chemical disclosures, setbacks from homes and places of public assembly, and impact on farmland, wetlands and tributaries were among the major issues, Pope said. B-5


OBITUARIES Timothy Eric Lower, 54; Mother Lives in Cooperstown. SCHENEVUS – Timothy Eric Lower, 54, died unexpectedly Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2013, at his home in the Town of Maryland. He was born Jan. 16, 1959. For 22 years, Tim was employed with the Otsego County Building Services Department as a maintenance worker and worked as such in most all of the county’s buildings. For the past 1 ½ years, he was in charge of maintenance at Otsego County’s municipal

building in Oneonta. He will be remembered for his creativity, artisanship as a gifted carpenter, and love of music and nature. Tim and his faithful dog, Sanchez, loved each other very much, and walked many miles together in the woods surrounding their home. As Tim would often say, “Nothing is too good for Sanchez.” He is survived by his mother, Beverly Lower of Cooperstown; very dear

friend and companion, Jennifer Doherty of Schenevus; faithful dog, Sanchez; uncles Clyde G. Bliss and his companion, Barbara Calabrese of Otego and Keith D. Bliss and his wife, Flossie of Burlington Flats and their families; and several other relatives, including his aunt Mable’s family; and special cousins, Mary and Linda. He was predeceased by his grandparents, Claude and Edna Bliss, who died in 1982 and 1997, respec-

tively. He was also preceded in death by his aunt, Mable Bliss Whalen, who died Jan. 26, 2012; and his sister, Colleen Anne Aufmuth, who died Jan. 24, 2005. A Memorial Gathering will be 6-7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 18, 2013, at the Hartwick Community Center, 346 County Highway 11, Hartwick. Arrangements are entrusted to the Connell, Dow & Deysenroth Funeral Home in Cooperstown.

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n the three months since the “What’s In Our Water” fundraising campaign began, the Otsego County Conservation Association has raised $75,000 towards their $80,000 goal. “We’ve had an overwhelmingly positive response,” said Executive Director Darla Youngs. “And donations are still coming in.” The money raised will go towards testing 83 Otsego County wells and establishing a record of groundwater chemistry before – and, should it occur – after hydrofracking. “It’s about getting a really good set of baseline data,” said OCCA President Dr. Vicky Lentz, SUNY Oneonta biology professor. “It’s something we can go back to in case of an unforseen event.” “Gas drilling was a real wake-up call,” she continued. “But there are other activities that could effect groundwater – we just want to know how good our water is.” – Libby Cudmore

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Only Productive Businesses, Growth Make Debt Go Away VOICES/From A4 critical infrastructure projects and other capital needs. New York State has the second highest level of debt in the country and is approaching its legal borrowing limit. The state’s debt capacity is projected to dwindle to $509 million by the end of the next fiscal year. “New York’s past borrowing is limiting our future options,” DiNapoli said. “We spend billions each year to repay existing debt, so fewer resources are available for more pressing needs. This comes at a challenging time when our state needs to rebuild and repair critical infrastructure and has growing capital needs. “Taxpayers have little or no say in how much the state borrows, but they’re the ones who have to foot the bill. It is time to return to voter approval of borrowing. I have called for comprehensive reforms to New York State’s capital planning process to ensure critical infrastructure needs are met in a responsible way. Hurricane Sandy underscores the need for a serious discussion about our public infrastructure and how we pay for it. “New York’s outstanding debt averages $3,253 per state resident, almost three times the national median. (As people continue to leave the State, the amount of debt per household, even if no new debt is added, will grow.) New York’s statefunded debt totaled $63.3 billion as of March 31, second only to California and 80 percent higher than New Jersey, the state with the third highest level. This represents an increase of $24.3 billion, or 62.2 percent, from state fiscal year

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(SFY) 2002-03.” During the third quarter of 2012, Citizen Voices wrote a series of articles explaining the economic hardship faced by the county and city. As 2013 begins, we are informed that those economic hardships also exist at the federal and state levels. We are spending more than we are raising in revenue. That is happening in spite of the fact that most of us feel that we are already being over-taxed. If people leave the county and the debt remains the same, the tax burden needed to support what we now have must increase. The programs that help the needy and elderly are things we all want to support. If Mitt Romney was right about 47 percent of our population receiving some form of public assistance, it will be nearly impossible for politicians to reverse that trend. If we go broke, people with a publicly supported retirement will face the real potential for having that retirement either go way or dwindle. The situation we face is this. We are living longer and we have an increasing number of people who are receiving benefits – benefits that keep escalating in cost. Politicians seem unable and/or unwilling to address the expense or cost side of the balance sheet. They are also unwilling to increase revenue by raising taxes. If you have increasing costs and no new revenue to offset those costs you and I would go bankrupt. However, our government is about to engage in a debate over raising the debt ceiling so that it can borrow even more money – again. The responsible thing to do would be to cut costs

and raise revenue until the debt was erased. However, based upon past experience, we can’t trust our governments to use new revenue to offset debt – they would find a way to spend it for something else. So, what options do we have left? One option is to regain our manufacturing capability. Doing so would create jobs and folks with jobs pay new taxes. The manufacturing facilities and the facilities needed to support them also pay taxes. Instead of placing an increasing tax burden on existing people and property, we would add new tax revenue to the pot. However, for this to work there has to be a way to force the governments to operate within their means. In the short term, this might be somewhat painful. However, if we don’t take that step the pain will be inflicted on today’s youth and future generations. Our next article will help explain the programs that our city and county have to assist with promoting economic growth.

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MLS#85366 - Spectacular views from this totally rebuilt Canadarago Lake home on 3 levels. Direct access to 40 ft dock from family room deck. Summer rental for $2,500 per week if desired. Rented 12 weeks in 2012. $429,900 Call Rod and Barb @ 315-520-6512

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MLS#85776 - Great view of Canadarago Lake! 3 BR, 2 bath mint-condition ranch on 7.9 acres. Freshly painted interior w/new carpets and floors. 2-stall garage plus outbuilding. Finished basement w/family room and workshop. $174,900 Call Rod and Barb @ 315-520-6512

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LOVELY FAMILY HOME 4 bedroom, 3 bath home w/newly constructed 2 car garage, ideal for a shop or a place to put your extra toys. Woods, stream & two ponds. $324,900 MLS #85867

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Located at the bottom of Pioneer Street, at the foot of Otsego Lake and surrounded on two sides by park property, this 1992 eyebrow Colonial enjoys a spectacular view of the lake. Offering approximately 2,000 square feet of living space, this very nice house is in move-in condition and fully applianced. The main floor has a formal entryway with marble floor as well as a long mudroom entry with cork flooring and storage closet. The galley kitchen is well done with cherry and white washed cabinets as well as granite countertops and cork floor.. Excellent counter space and top of the line stainless steel appliances. The breakfast nook is cozy and bright with a French door which opens to the stone patio. The 28x16 living room has a wood burning fireplace, excellent built-ins at one end and space for your dining room area at the other end. The master bedroom is also on this floor as well as a three-quarter bath with a very nice tiled and marble shower. The laundry room is off the mudroom. Upstairs are two well sized bedrooms as well as a large bath with a footed soaking tub. Excellent closets, one with a storage room at the back. There is an attached garage which also houses areas for the furnace, hot water heater and oil tank. This home offers comfort and light, is charmingly decorated and well appointed. A split rail fence surrounds the well planted yard and, of course, the long view of the lake makes this a most unusual offering. Offered Exclusively by Ashley-Connor Realty $474, 900.

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