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love it. Finally a revenue from tourists for those of us who pay taxes,” reads one questionnaire. “This is ruining Cooperstown,” reads another.

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Wednesday, Dec. 11, Mayor Jeff Katz had summoned the Village Board to a work

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wo giants of the National Pastime – Joe Garagiola and Roger By JIM KEVLIN Angell – will be inducted into the National Baseball he economic-develHall of Fame Saturday, July opment community 27, during 75th anniversary is about to go after weekend. and seek to bring home Garagiola, MLB catcher jobs from outside Otsego and famed sportscaster, will County’s boundaries. receive the Buck O’Neill That newly “pro-acLifetime Achievement tive” stance came out Award, and Angell, who of a Thursday, Dec. 5, Seward documented the game for demorning-long meeting in cades in the New Yorker, will Oneonta between state receive the J.G. Taylor Spink Sen. Jim Seward, R-Milford, and key Award for baseball writing. economic-development players. Full announcements at: They included the boards of the county WWW.ALLOTSEGO.COM IDA (industrial development agency) and OCDC (Otsego County Development NEWS OF GRANTS: Corp.), as well as Kathy Clark, R-Otsego, Mayor Jeff Katz said he exPlease See EC-DEV, B6 pected to hear Wednesday, Dec. 11, if the village was successful in its latest round of state economic-development funding.


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Village Owns Street, So What Should We Call It? ow that a lawsuit has determined the Inn at Cooperstown’s driveway is actually a public street, the Village Board has announced a contest to name it. To participate, drop off your entry, marked “Street Naming Contest,” at the Village Clerk’s Office at 22 Main, or e-mail by Friday, Jan. 24. Appropriate explanation is welcome. Also, provide your name if you are willing to be recognized. The winning entry will be announced in early February during the Winter Carnival.

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Sid Chase, the Worcester organ restorer wellknown in Cooperstown, has built a 1,500-pipe organ of his own, to be debuted this weekend/

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Thistle Hill weavers Laura Jackson, left, and Sheila McBryde examine the loom in the Cherry Valley factory where a historic jacquard fabric is being woven.

Using Historic Sample, Goody Goes Where No Weaver Has Gone Before By LIBBY CUDMORE CHERRY VALLEY


t’s a textile pattern that may have never been woven – until Rabbit Goody found it. “We know the watercolor was done by Anna Maria Garthwaite in 1750,” she said. “And we know she sold it to Mr. Phene in London, but we don’t know if he was the weaver or if any pieces still exist.” The jacquard fabric is the latest on Goody’s loom at Thistle Hill Weavers, which specializes in reproducing historical textiles for movies, museums and historic homes. “There’s always a need for 18th century damask fabrics,”

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olice Chief Michael Covert has asked people to lock their cars and homes after 18 cars were broken into the weekend of Dec. 7-8. All of the cars were unlocked and only loose change, and one cellphone, were taken, the chief said. He said it is the first such rash in the village this year.

Colleen Trombecky, Sharon Springs, makes a four-poster with historic fabrics.

IF YOU GO: Rabbit Goody will speak on “Luxury Fabrics of the 18th Century” at 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 14, during Thistle Hill Weavers annual open house between Cherry Valley and Sharon Springs. she said. “They were so much a part of that style.” She found Garthwaite’s watercolor drawing in a book of textiles from London’s Victoria & Albert Museum. “It was probably intended to be woven in silk rather than worsted weight,” she said. “These patterns were designed and sold to weavers, but we don’t know if it’s ever been Please See FABRIC, B6


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ophie McManus, a former Cooperstown resident and the granddaughter of Mrs. Sarah Tarr, has been chosen as the recipient of the Fairfax Rotary Club’s Global Grant Scholarship in Fairfax, Va., where she currently resides. In January 2014, she’ll travel on a one-year trip to Durban, South Africa, where she’ll study towards a Sophie McManus master’s degree in Conflict

Transformation & Peace Studies at the University of Kwazulu-Natal. “I want to study reconstruction through peace-building as a means of building a stable economy and encouraging development,� she said. She’ll serve as an ambassador to the Rotary Club of Durban North, and upon her return, will present her experiences to the Fairfax Rotary club. McManus is also the step-granddaughter of Bob and Helen Mulligan and the niece of Nancy Tarr-Wager, also of Cooperstown.

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ill Haase, the National Baseball Hall of Fame’s senior vice president, will retire at the end of the year, concluding a career that has featured more than 30 years in baseball, 13 locally. Haase was hired in September 2000 by then-president Dale Petroskey as vice president of business and administration, responsible then and now for accounting, finance, human resources and plant. He became

senior VP in January 2001. Haase previously spent 18 years – 1975-92 – with the Detroit Tigers, the final nine as executive vice president and chief operating officer. “To cap it off here in Cooperstown is as sweet as it gets,� said Haase. A veteran, Haase has been active in the Cooperstown Vets’ Club. Bill and his wife, Sandy, will split time between his native Michigan and Cooperstown following his retirement.

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Santa Claus accepts the prototype of Bill Rigby’s “Tin Brilliant” ornament, several of which adorn the Jolly Old Elf’s Pioneer Park cottage. Rigby customizes the big ornaments from 17 individual ones from an antique mold he discovered years ago in Staten Island.


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Retired music teachers Becky Gretton, Richfield Springs, and Diane Groff, Cherry Valley, lend their musical talents to the ambiance of the afternoon Saturday, Dec. 7, at The Festival of Trees, sponsored by the Friends of Glimmerglass State Park in the pavilion there.

Viewing offerings at the Cooperstown Art Association’s Adorn A Door event Saturday, Nov. 30, are Fly Creek’s Michael and Carol LaChance and daughter Michaela, left, and Joelle.


Dr. Shelby Cooper, left, reviews scores with sons Gil and Trent at the Cooperstown PTO Pancake Breakfast & Holiday Marketplace Saturday, Dec. 7, where the boys performed. Above, Leah Phillips, 4, and sister Tara, 6, exercise their creativity with dad Matt at the crafts table.

Laurie Glockler, Town of Middlefield, fills Gary Becker’s cup at the Christmas Tea & Bazaar Saturday, Dec. 7, at the Cooperstown Methodist Church. At the front table, Bernie Key and Gail McShane had sold three-quarters of the offering in the first 20 minutes.


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s it true that Samuel B. Morse noodled through his epochaltering code in an upstairs room at Cherry Valley’s Masonic Lodge? That came to mind the other week, en route home from Philadelphia and stopping at the I-81 Visitors Center just north of the state line, where there was a brochure, “Auburn’s Historic Hometown,” in the rack. “The Mark of Mike Long” immediately came to mind. The Oneonta city manager, before he was Poughkeepsie city manager, had spent 26 years in the City of Auburn, where his interest in historic preservation eventually flowered into history tourism.

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City Manager Long takes trip to “Auburn’s Historic Hometown.”

Yes, he acknowledged later, many of the attractions in “Auburn’s Historic Hometown” grew out of his tenure there. • The flowering of history-related tourism in The City on The Owas-

co began with then-First Lady Hillary Clinton’s 1998 visit, part of her “Save America’s Treasures” campaign, Long said. Some 4,000 people were on hand when she appeared at Auburn’s Harriet Tubman home, where, pre-Civil War, the “Moses of Her People” plotted the freeing of thousands from slavery and transporting them to Canada via the Underground Railroad. Auburn built on that, promoting attractions that came to include the Willard Memorial Chapel (close to Long’s heart, it includes the only intact Louis Comfort Tiffany interior), a fancy Schine Theater, and the Seward House. (The latter got a big boost last year from

Spielberg’s “Lincoln,” featuring a knockout performance by David Strathairn as Abe’s secretary of state.) ’Nuff said: If you picked up “Auburn’s Historic Hometown,” you’d likely want to visit. • What does that mean for Otsego County? Long pointed out the other day that Binghamton takes credit as IBM’s natal place when, in fact, Big Blue’s origins were in Oneonta, where in 1900 Postmaster Harlow Bundy raised the money from his neighbors for what became the International Time Clock Co. When it eventually grew into

IBM, former congressman George W. Fairchild of Oneonta was first chairman of the board. What’s more, the Fairchild mansion, (er, IBM Tourist Center), now the Masonic Temple at Grand Avenue and Main, is a time capsule: Fairchild’s books are untouched in the sitting room, which also contains the original furniture. Oneonta, “The Birthplace of IBM!” • Another neglected opportunity is James Fenimore Cooper Tourism, which used to be a big draw until Mark Twain sharpened his literary shiv. “Last of the Mohicans” can be a heavy read – how Please See EDITORIAL, A6



ou have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose. You’re on your own. And you know what you know. And YOU are the one who’ll decide where to go.”

James Johnston, SUNY Oneonta Student Association president, quoting Dr. Seuss in during Dec. 8 address to December grads

Cooperstown’s Lou Allstadt, left, and Chip Northrup at Cornell Oct. 30, where they presented findings that, except for a strip west of Binghamton, there is too little natural gas in Upstate New York to be profitably fracked.

Listen To Frack Findings Or Boycott Presentation? Editor’s Note: This is a sequence of posts from the Sustainable Otsego listserve that followed the announcement of a repeat presentation of Lou Allstadt, Chip Northrup and others’ findings that there is insufficient natural gas in Otsego County for fracking to happen profitably. From: Darla M. Youngs <> Date: Sat, Dec 7, 2013 at 4:46 PM


ave the Date: January 17, 2014 Presentation: “New York Shale Gas Potential” Time and Location: 7 p.m. at The Foothills Performing Arts Center, 24 Market Street, Oneonta (doors open at 6 p.m.) Moderator: Prof. Anthony Ingraffea, Cornell University Speakers: • “Geographic Extent of New York Shale Gas Potential,” James “Chip” Northrup, private investor • “Geologic Variables in Shale Gas Productivity,” Brian Brock, geologist • “Forecasting Marcellus Productivity in New York,” Jerry Acton, retired aerospace systems engineer • “New York Shale Gas Potential,” Lou Allstadt, retired executive vice president, Mobil Oil • From: Anne Marie Garti Sent: Sunday, December 08, 2013 9:58 AM To: Subject: Re: [Unconstitutional Pipeline] Fwd: Save the Date: “New York Shale Gas Potential”

Gretchen Sorin, Springfield Center, director of SUNY Oneonta’s Cooperstown Graduate Program in Museum Studies, led the procession.


Two of SUNY Oneonta’s five deans appointed during a reorganization announced in August lead the recessional: Susan Turell, left, head the School of Social Science; Venkat Sharma, right, heads the School of Natural and Mathematical Sciences. Behind them are, respectively, President Nancy Kleniewski and Provost Maria Thompson.

OMP & ACCOMPLISHMENT Graduate Hannah Bergene, Phoenix Mills, poses with her two grandmoms: Erna Richards, Cooperstown, left, and Joyce Jones, Hartwick Seminary. Hannah was one of 335 December grads honored at SUNY Oneonta’s Candidate Recognition Ceremony Sunday, Dec. 8, in Dewar Arena.










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eople should consider boycotting or picketing this event, not promoting it. The presentation is very one-sided, and never Please See DEBATE, A6

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Barnwell Advertising Director Thom Rhodes • Susan Straub Area Advertising Consultants Libby Cudmore • Richard Whitby Ian Austin Reporters Photographer Kathleen Peters • Dan Knickerbocker Tom Heitz Graphics Consultant OFFICIAL NEWSPAPER FOR Otsego County • Town of Cherry Valley • Town of Middlefield Cooperstown Central School District Subscriptions Rates: Otsego County, $48 a year. All other areas, $65 a year. First Class Subscription, $130 a year. Published Thursdays by Iron String Press, Inc. 21 Railroad Ave., Cooperstown NY 13326 Telephone: (607) 547-6103. Fax: (607) 547-6080. E-mail: • Contents © Iron String Press, Inc. Periodicals postage paid at USPS Cooperstown 40 Main St., Cooperstown NY 13326-9598 USPS Permit Number 018-449 Postmaster Send Address Changes To: Box 890, Cooperstown NY 13326 _____________ Gilbert Stuart’s portrait of Judge Cooper is in The Fenimore Art Museum

As ONC BOCES Superintendent Nick Savin, Springfield Center, and his wife, Judy, listen, SUNY Oneonta Music Prof Carleton Clay performs with his Catskill Brass Quartet in foreground.

The Savins’ nephew, Jake, Town of Queensbury, was among the honorees, who have completed their requirements but can’t officially graduate until May.




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Advertisement: Dancing School – Mr. Shepherd, respectfully informs the Gentlemen and Ladies of Cooperstown and Cherry Valley, that, not having met with the success in Johnstown which he expected, he has returned and intends to teach one Quarter more in each of the above places. During this quarter, Mr. S. will introduce several handsome sets of Cotillions, and if any of the Ladies who were taught the last quarter should attend again, he will teach them some elegant fancy dances, of which he has a variety, adapted for young ladies. Mr. S. embraces this opportunity of returning his sincere thanks for the encouragement he has already received, and hopes by strict attention to his business still to merit and receive the liberal patronage of the people of both places. The school will commence in Cooperstown on Monday, December 20, at Mr. Munn’s, and Wednesday, the 23rd inst., at Mr. Wright’s. Cooperstown, Dec. 11, 1813. December 11, 1813


to represent the three strikes. A blue diamond is superimposed on the stripes and a white baseball set in the center of the diamond. On the baseball, a sketch of a player in uniform completing a swing brings in graphically the action of the game. The date of the founding of the game here – 1839 – is balanced with the Centennial Year numerals on the opposite side. Across the base appear the words “Baseball Centennial.” December 14, 1938


Republicans continue to outnumber Democrats in Otsego County by a little better than two to one according to enrollment figures released by the Board of Election Commissioners. Enrolled Republicans number 13,191 compared with 13,715 a year ago while Democrats total 5,973 this year, only three fewer than the 5,976 enrolled for 1962. The Liberal Party has 101 enrolled members. The Conservative Party, which became a recognized party during the 1962 election, has 23 registered voters in Otsego County. December 11, 1963


(Ed. Note: The following passage is a pre-Darwin meditation on the origins of mankind. Lord Monboddo b. 1714, d. 1799 was a Scottish Judge, scholar and philosopher, and an early proponent of evolution as a theory explaining the origins of mankind) Did man spring full-formed in all his bodily and mental energies from the hand of his Creator; or, are the dreams of Lord Monboddo true, that he was originally of the monkey tribe – becoming gradually and in the long lapse of ages what he now is, by the aids of experience and the faculty of speech? Was he originally from one pair or of one race, and has he become as various as we find him, from the influence of climate, food and other physical and fortuitous circumstances; or were the different and marked varieties we now behold – with perhaps many others that have become extinct – inherent and existent in his original formation? December 10, 1838


A Flying Ambulance Corps – The Sanitary Commission have organized a “Flying Relief Department,” under the supervision of Dr. H.R. Baalan, similar to the plan so successfully in the Russian Army in the Crimea, before the battle of Inkermann in 1854, and afterwards in both the English and French armies. This department will consist of two fourhorse wagons, each wagon attended by one relief agent, two assistants and one driver. The wagons are loaded with supplies needed on the battlefield – refreshments, medicines, bandages, and a hundred little articles that come in use just when they are most badly needed and most difficult to get. The agent and assistants will be mounted on saddle horses. Two of these wagons have been stocked preparatory to going to the Army of the Potomac. December 11, 1863


Year-round woes from increased salinity levels in Otsego Lake have caused village officials to pass a resolution to reduce salinization this winter. The resolution was spearheaded by Cooperstown Trustee Hugh C. MacDougall, who drafted it after he heard the issue discussed at the Otsego 2000 Conference at Cooperstown High School last summer. MacDougall said a number of people expressed concern to him about the runoff from December 10, 1913 snow which the village takes off its streets and stores in a parking lot above Fairy Springs Park. “That runoff, including the salt, is possibly going into the lake,” MacDougall said. December 14, 1988 Local: It is suggested that the Literary Society of Cooperstown take the initiative in organizing the Otsego County Historical Society. The CCS Elementary School Grade 4 Honor Roll: AlexThe law against coasting on the sidewalks should be enandra Bayes, Kayleen Campbell, Harrison Clinton, Jeremy forced. If those who have icy walks in front of their premDenmeade, Samantha Devenpeck, Haley Hohensee, Linda ises will take the proper means to do away with the danger Kenison, Matthew Kennedy, Jack Loewenguth, Shannon often resulting therefrom, they will do a good deed. McManus, William Murphy, Margaret O’Handley, Hamad It is suggested that when the Cooperstown railroad orders Sagheer, Patricia VanKampen, Alexis Merritt, William new locomotives, they may be of the kind that uses crude Derouin, Kathryn Evans, Jerimiah Ford, Sarah Millea, Benpetroleum instead of coal for fuel. They are pronounced a jamin Bauer, Jaina Ghandi, Jarrett Hotaling, Olivia Morris, great success. Benjamin Pierson, Grace Livermore, Amber Rumberger, December 14, 1888 and Meghan Vann. Grade 4 Honor Roll: Victoria Ana-



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Fracking Presentation Stirs Debate DEBATE/From A4 there’s no gas in NY, then let us drill. I was at a regional oil and gas summit a few weeks ago, filled with lawyers and fractivist leaders. It was almost unanimous that this road-show is a terrible idea. If I had some free time I’d write a critique, but we have a pipeline to stop. That’s the pipeline that Cooperstown was ready to oppose until Lou Allstadt spoke, saying that the connection between pipelines and fracking is nonsense... • From: Date: Sun, 8 Dec 2013 11:42:32 -0500


agree with Anne Marie. This presentation is highly flawed and ignores historical evidence that geo-political instability can dramatically alter oil and gas markets, spike prices and make marginal fossil fuel sources attractive to those wishing to leverage that instability for the sake of short-term profits. It wasn’t that long ago that the idea of shale gas extraction was not considered feasible. I am not comforted or should you by claims that NY State is not a viable target for fracking. It may not be this week but it certainly may be next year or the year after. Fracking is a reckless practice that is a real global threat... Any presentation that claims fracking will never happen in Upstate NY while people are losing land to pipeline companies through eminent domain, or facing late night evacuation orders because of compressor station accidents can only be viewed as myopic and ignorant of any holistic understanding of the gas/land exploitation scheme. Bob Nied • On Dec 8, 2013, at 9:37 PM, Ron Bishop wrote:

any of them suggest that we should relax our vigilance regarding the petroleum industry in any way, and I don’t share that part of your concern about their collective message. They have attempted to describe current realities to the best of their considerable abilities, now to face criticism from you and others who are inclined toward speculation about what could happen if... maybe.... I don’t find fault with anyone who is convinced of petroleum industry operators’ nefarious intent (there is plenty of evidence for that), or those who are troubled by the many unsolved problems with petroleum transportation infrastructure – which, as I recall, Lou mentioned in his presentation as an ongoing threat. I find fault with the idea of boycotting an event dedicated to presenting current facts on the ground because they may be inconvenient truths for your cause. Ron Bishop • On Sunday, December 8, 2013, Carole Marner wrote:


hank you. This divisive episode has been very troubling and I deeply appreciate your thoughtful and constructive comments. Carole Marner To join the debate, sign up for the listserve at www.

EDITORIAL: Don’t We Love ‘Birthplaces Of...’ EDITORIAL/From A4 about a “translation” into the vernacular? – but that Daniel Day-Lewis’ 1992 movie is an enduring hit demonstrates its modern-day power. Bruce Shipman of Columbia’s emergence as senior spokesman for the many Natty Bumppo (David Shipman) descendants underscores how “The Birthplace of Natty Bumppo” lives, paradoxically, even in his Toddsville burial site. There’s eternal Glimmerglass; there’s Natty Bumppo’s celebrated cave somewhere on its eastern shore; there’s Sunken Island of “Deerslayer” fame; there’s The Freeman’s Journal,

the mantra, “Heads in Beds.” The effort, no doubt, will look to the Internet to fulfill its mission, but there’s work – content, it’s called these days – to be done at home. Otsego County – with the Hall of Fame, Glimmerglass Opera, the NYSHA museums, Hyde Hall, Ommegang, etc., etc. – is already “sticky.” But our historic “birthplace of” headlines – of IBM, of Natty Bumppo, of the Morse Code – would make it even moreso. Dare we mention “The Birthplace of the Fountain Pen”? Decatur, here we come!

Village Board To Review On-Street Paid-Parking Inputs PARKING/From A1 “I don’t get the impression the board will end paid parking, but that’s always a possibility,” said the mayor the day before the meeting. “What I get is tweaking, to make it work better.” The idea is to decide what revisions, if any, may be necessary going into the second season. Then, at the trustees’ regular meeting – this month on Thursday the 19th – a public hearing can be set for the following month’s meeting – Monday, Jan. 27 – after changes for the 2014 season can be approved. Since Wednesday’s meeting came after this edition went to press, those interested in the outcome may

find it at this newspaper’s website, Because the launch was highly debated, Katz said he expected “500 or 1,000 pieces of feedback” from the questionnaire posted on the village website and available at the Village Clerk’s Office. That only 30 questionnaires were filled out at first surprised him, Katz said, but it occurred to him that people are constantly giving him feedback at meetings or “on the street.” Thus, “since it’s started we’ve heard feedback from hundreds of people,” he said. In the questionnaires, one respondent suggested expanding paid parking to other village streets, near

Bassett Hospital in particular. Others asked that obtaining a $20 parking permit, which allows drivers to avoid the P&D machines, be simplified, he said. While the questionnaires didn’t ask specifically whether on-street paid parking should simply be abolished, the mayor said respondents figured out a way to make that point.

Still, only three called for outright abolition, one from the village, one from Gilbertsville and a third from outside the area. During the initial outcry about the P&D machines, merchants brought a suit seeking their abolition. State Supreme Court Judge Kevin Dowd heard the case, but has not yet issued a decision, Katz said.

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founded by Cooper’s father. (Admission free; copies $1.) • The Morse thing is almost completely ignored, (even though he, along with James Fenimore, was featured in David McCullough’s “The Greater Journey: Americans In Paris,” published just two years ago.) Also a noted painter in his day, Morse’s most famous work, “Gallery of the Louvre,” hung first in Hyde Hall. And “The Birthplace of The Morse Code” is just a few miles up the road. With the new year, Otsego County’s tourism effort will be privatized under

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Village Family Home—This 2,600+/- sq ft home in the Village of Cooperstown is centrally located and easy walking distance to downtown, schools, sports center, grocery store and hospital. Outside are a large wrap-around front porch, rear deck, oversized yard with goldfish pond, and carriage barn with upstairs storage. Inside are a large LR, DR, den/office, laundry area, full bath and recently remodeled kitchen. Completing the downstairs is a new bonus room addition for the kids or guests. Upstairs are 3-4 BRs, full bath, half bath, and a spacious walk-in closet. All appliances are updated. This is a nice, family-friendly home. offered exclusively by ashley-Connor Realty $199,000 29 Pioneer Street, Cooperstown • 607-547-4045



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New Listing! MLS#92256 - Horse farm on 26 acres includes renovated 3 BR, 2 bath farmhouse, 2 barns, 12 stalls w/water and electric. Plenty of open land, electric and wooden fenced areas for the horses. Between Cooperstown and Richfield Springs. $295,000 Call James Vrooman @ 603-247-0506 (cell)

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MLS#85578 – Perfectly situated on over 26 acres this solid contemporary home is within minutes of Cooperstown Village. Hot tub, deck. Property also includes 200’ additional road frontage and well on County Rte 33. Poured concrete foundation could be finished for additional living space. $189,000 Call Adam Karns @ 607-244-9633 (cell)

MLS#91986 - Great place for your dream home or camp w/500’+/- road frontage, open fields w/easterly views. Cooperstown school district and ¼ mile from state land. This property would make a fantastic place to build all your Dream Park rentals! $38,500 Call Donna A. Anderson @ 607-267-3232 (cell) MLS#92176 - Cooperstown Village home close to Otsego Lake. 4 - 5 BRs, 2½ baths, open eat-in kitchen w/granite counters, island. Wood-burning fireplace, built-in window seats, bookshelves, duo front LRs. Hardwood and ceramic-tiled baths on all 3 levels. Front porch, back deck, patio, stone walls, 2-car garage. $479,000 Call Katherine L. Fistrowicz @ 607-267-2683 (cell)

MLS#92220 - Country church circa 1871, 1,500 sq ft on a small lot in the quaint village of Burlington Flats. $32,900 Call Katherine L. Fistrowicz @ 607-267-2683 (cell)

MLS#91571 - Priced to sell, this Maryland property offers an older single-wide trailer that is currently rented, and second lot for another trailer. Both lots have septic, water and electric. $35,000 Text or call Sharon Teator @ 607-267-2681 (cell)

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MLS#91760 - Renovated 1880s farmhouse, w/newer 2-car garage, 11+ acres w/pond and guest house. Renovated kitchen, open concept DR/LR, maple floors, pellet stove, master suite w/private bath, cathedral ceiling, gas stove. New roof and windows, high-efficiency gas furnace, on-demand hot water. Spacious back deck. Cooperstown school district. Being sold below assessed value! $364,000 Call James Vrooman @ 603-247-0506 (cell)

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MLS#91066 - Charming farmhouse just 3 miles from Cooperstown w/6+ BRs, 3 full baths, eat-in kitchen w/double-sided fireplace, maple floors and butcherblock countertops. Great room w/2 sets of French doors (1 leads out to deck), formal DR. $269,999 Call Donna A. Anderson @ 607-267-3232 (cell)

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MLS#91996 - Energy-efficient 3 BR, 1½ bath Greek Revival on 31 acres w/pond. Spacious rooms, country kitchen w/breakfast room, formal LR and DR, family room. Solar electric, 3-zone oil or coal heat, replacement windows, new well, vinyl siding, wood trim. Can be purchased w/less acreage. $250,000 Call Michelle A. Curran @ 518-469-5603 (cell)

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County IDA Joins Seward In Pro-Active Ec-Dev Strategy people at the meeting. In his statement, Seward harkened back to his second “Economic Development Summit” Nov. 14 at Foothills: “One of the chief takeaways … was the need for a central point of contact that will serve as a vehicle to link outside economic entrepreneurs with internal Otsego County resources. “The IDA, with some new personnel, will take that lead role and I am confident we will excel,” the senator said. The announcement resolves a debate that has been underway since Carolyn Lewis, the county’s economic developer, announced in April that she would be resigning the job in August. In a role that was described as “reactive,” the IDA, through its bonding authority, has enabled such projects as Springbrook’s

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threads differently. That’s what makes damask.” Because modern wool is “too soft” to give the fabric the proper weight and feel, the weaver is using a special yarn spun with 20 percent mohair. The fabric would be used for drapery, bed hangings and upholstery. Currently, only 22 yards are available and will be for sale at Thistle Hill Weavers open house on Saturday, Dec. 14, where Goody will deliver the lecture, “Luxury Fabrics of the 18th Century.”

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ping up to the plate, recognizing the need and working together for the common good,” said Clark, the county board chair who was reelected by a landslide Nov. 5 in her Otego-Laurens district. Said Miller: “The IDA board, working with Doug, moved a long way from their initial position from not wanting to be at the center to willing to be at the center … I couldn’t be more delighted. From my perspective, it’s exactly the right thing to do. We’re in a good place now.” “I think the results are positive,” said Bob Harlem, Citizen Voices co-founder and new OCDC president. “I think everybody is starting to line up. Everybody’s working together. It’s very rewarding to see everybody pooling their energies.”

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public agencies, I fully expect that otheressential allies, such as the Otsego and Cooperstown chambers of commerce, Citizen Voices, the Greater Oneonta Economic Development Council (GO-EDC), (Mayor Miller’s) Oneonta Community Alliance, and other groups will be integral to our ultimate success. “Otsego County’s stakeholders are committed to working collectively for the greater good. There is bona fide energy, excitement and expectations coming together and I feel we are on the cusp of a true breakthrough that will pay long-term dividends,” the senator said. Key players at the meeting also expressed satisfaction at the outcome. “I’m happy that people are step-



$15 million expansion and the $15 million, 350-student Hillside Commons housing complex near SUNY Oneonta. While appreciating that role, county Rep. Betty Anne Schwerd, R-Edmeston, the county board’s rep on the IDA, Miller and members of Citizen Voices, a progrowth businesspeople’s group, argued for a more “pro-active” role in bringing jobs here. “Now,” said Seward, “a definite course is established and we are prepared to embark on a new path toward future economic growth and prosperity in Otsego County.” The interim IDA director since Lewis’ departure, Doug Gulotty, had argued for an inclusive economic-development initiative, and Seward embraced that as well. “Along with the identified

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EC-DEV/From A1 chair of the county Board of Representatives, and Oneonta’s city Mayor Dick Miller and town Supervisor Bob Wood. The plan is, first, to hire a consultant with expertise and a track record to restructure the IDA with the new mission in mind, according to a press release from the senator’s office. The consultant will also advise the IDA on the hiring of an economic-development director, and help train that new individual in what’s necessary to attract jobs, both from such in-state efforts as the nanotechnology initiatives in Albany, Utica and Binghamton, and elsewhere. While that new director is being recruited and trained, the consultant will begin identifying future employers to pursue, according to

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THURSDAY, DEC. 12, 2013

OBITUARIES Carol A. McLean, 65; Built Log-Cabin Home, Churned Own Butter HARTWICK – Carol A. McLean, 65, who was known for her homemade butter and love for animals, died unexpectedly Thursday, December 5, 2013 at her home. Born Sept. 28, 1948 at Bassett Hospital in Cooperstown, Carol was the daughter of Victor and Marian (Beauman) Williams. She was raised on the family farm on Christian Hill and attended Hartwick Elementary and Hartwick High School. She married her high school sweetheart Ronald McLean of Edmeston and they resided on Christian Hill and later Zachow Road property for over 45 years. Carol enjoyed the out of doors and nature in general. She loved animals of every kind, especially her horses which she rode at every opportunity. She was an extremely hard worker and was always an active participant in the many chores around the farm. Carol was also well known for her homemade butter which she sold locally

and far beyond. She was proud that she and her husband had personally built, from logs they had harvested, their log cabin home. She is survived by her husband Ronald, her two sons, Edward of Prattsville and Charles of Hartwick, and her grandchildren. She is also survived by her sister Natalie Hawley of Binghamton, her sister Marlene Bryant of Cooperstown, her sister Victoria Kappler (Richard) of Texas, her brother James Williams (Marjorie) of Tennessee and many nieces, nephews and friends. In accordance with Carol’s wishes there will be no services. Donations may be made in Carol’s memory to either the American Cancer Society, 8 Oak Avenue, Sidney, NY 13838 or The Susquehanna SPCA, 4841 St. Hwy 28, Cooperstown, NY 13326. Arrangements are entrusted to Tillapaugh Funeral Service, Cooperstown.

Michael A. Swiderski, 45; Represented City On County Board ONEONTA – Michael A. Swiderski, 45, who represented the City of Oneonta’s Wards 5 and 6 on the Otsego County Board of Representative when he was in his 30s, died suddenly on Saturday, Dec. 7, 2013, of a heart attack. Mike was born in Oneonta on Feb. 9, 1968, to Janis R. Bigwood-Swiderski and Eliguisz Swiderski. He was educated in Oneonta

schools, graduating from Oneonta High School and attending SUNY Oneonta. He married Michelle Shultis of Schenevus and together they created a family with Andrew Michael and Jameson Edmund. After running his family business, Country Club Liquors, Mike joined Opici Wine Co. of New York, East Syracuse, as a wine and liquor consultant.

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Calling hours were Wednesday, Dec. 11, at Grummons Funeral Home. A funeral mass was planned at 10:15 a.m. on Thursday, Dec. 12, at St. Mary’s Church in Oneonta. Arrangements are entrusted to the Lester R. Grummons Funeral Home.

Ron Van Alstine, 72; Builder EAST SPRINGFIELD – Ronald A. Van Alstine, Sr., who was raised on a farm in East Springfield and became a successful building contractor in Saratoga County, passed away Wednesday, Nov. 22, 2013, at his home in Mayfield, on Great Sacadanga Lake. He was 72. The son of Earl and Hazel (Slingerland) Van Alstine, he attended East Springfield School, where he excelled in athletics and attended Boys State. He married his high school sweetheart, Kathy Scott, on July 2, 1960. They celebrated their 53rd anniversary this year.

He began his career as a linotype operator at the Little Falls Times and Saratoga Printing Co. Later, he owned and operated Park Place Mobile Home Park in Porters Corners, Saratoga County. He built many custom homes in the Saratoga/ Wilton/Greenfield market. In addition to his wife, he is survived by three children, Connie and Joe Larkin of Denver, Colo., Ronald Van Alstine, Jr. of Saratoga, and Penny and Albert Giddings of Kingwood, Texas; seven grandchildren and one step-granddaughter, a brother and sisters.

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In addition to Andrew and Jamie of Schenevus and their mother, Michelle Shultis-Swiderski, survivors include his mother, Janis Swiderski of Largo, Fla., and two sisters, Emilia Borelli and her husband, Nicholas, and their son, Cooper, and Dr. Marianne Soden and her son, Justin.

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